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Monday 30th January 2017.
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Mixed Response From Agricultural Industry as US Withdraws from Trans-Pacific Partnership

The big news this past week has been the action of the US President Donald Trump, to sign an executive action to pull the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

The move by Mr Trump has sparked mixed reactions from the agricultural industry.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the President's decision to withdraw the US from, what it calls, a deeply flawed TPP trade agreement.

NFU President Roger Johnson commented: “For too long, our nation’s trade negotiators have prioritised a free trade over fair trade agenda, leading to a massive $531 billion trade deficit, lost jobs and lowered wages in rural communities across America. It’s time our country refocuses the trade agenda to prioritise balanced trade, US sovereignty, and US family farmers, ranchers and rural communities. The Trump Administration should look to do so with a level of tact that does not motivate our trade partners to take retaliatory actions or threaten the integrity of positive trade markets that American agriculture relies upon."

However, other agricultural organisations have expressed concern over the withdrawal. The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) said it is extremely disappointed with President Trump's executive action.

"TPP, and agreements like it, are key to setting the terms and rules for future trade relationships, creating higher standards and expectations than previous trade deals. While the US economy generally deals with a trade deficit, agriculture is the one segment where our country enjoys a strong trade surplus," said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall also issued a similar response. “While President Trump signed an executive order withdrawing our nation from the Trans- Pacific Partnership, we viewed TPP as a positive agreement for agriculture – one that would have added $4.4 billion annually to our struggling agriculture economy. With this decision, it is critical that the new administration begin work immediately to do all it can to develop new markets for US agricultural goods and to protect and advance US agricultural interests in the critical Asia-Pacific region," said Mr Duvall.

The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO, Philip Seng issued the following statement in response to Mr Trump's action: "The USMEF remains fully committed to our valued trading partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These countries account for more than 60 per cent of US red meat exports.

"In some of these key markets, the US red meat industry will remain at a serious competitive disadvantage unless meaningful market access gains are realised. We urge the new administration to utilise all means available to return the United States to a competitive position, so that our industry can continue to serve this important international customer base and further expand our export opportunities."

Similarly, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) said it is committed to working with the Trump administration to preserve tariff-free market access for US pork exports to Canada and Mexico. 

“As far a pork is concerned, the trade deals with Canada and Mexico have been tremendous for US pork producers,” said NPPC President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa.

“Our exports to those nations exploded because of the trade pact we have with them. But we know that some concerns have been raised by others, so we are committed to working with the Trump administration in looking for ways to improve our trade relationships with Canada and Mexico.”

“Trade in pork with Canada and Mexico has been so successful that any disruption in exports with either partner could hurt our producers’ ability to compete,” Weber said.

“We need to make sure we maintain and even improve our pork exports to our neighbors while working to ensure that others benefit as much as we do.”


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Evaluation of Electrostatic Particle Ionization Technology for Decreasing Airborne Pathogens in Pigs
Influenza A virus (IAV), porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and Staphylococcus aureus are important swine pathogens capable of being transmitted via aerosols. The electrostatic particle ionization system (EPI) consists of a conductive line that emits negative ions that charge particles electrically resulting in the settling of airborne particles onto surfaces and potentially decreasing the risk of pathogen dissemination, write Carmen Alonso et al, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, US.

Consumers and Pork Quality – Sensory Taste
Globally, pork is consumed in the largest proportion of all meat (40.1%), followed by poultry (34.1%), beef (21.0%) and finally sheep and goat meat (4.7%) (USDA, 2015). Consumers are the last and most important step in the pork chain, and satisfying their eating expectations is an important part of their future purchasing decisions, writes Chunyan Zhang, PhD, Research Associate, University of Alberta/Genesus Inc.
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Economics of PRRS in Growing Pigs Is Severe for Producers
ANALYSIS - At the North American PRRS Symposium, a key focus was how to control PRRS in growing pigs because the economic impact is exceptionally high for this population of pigs.
Replacement of Acid Components in Pig Diets
GLOBAL - At EuroTier 2016, Dr Attila Kovács, Global Product Line Manager Acids highlighted how to effectively reduce the acid component of swine diets using an innovative acid-based feed additive. His remarks made within the framework of the “Healthy guts, healthy piglets” webinar organized by Pig Progress.
Canada Hog Market Report – Labour (Challenge) of Love
CANADA - All pork producers I deal with and talk to have operations that are certainly a “labour of love”. To raise their stock in a humane, sustainable, and hopefully profitable manner, to raise their families, and to build something to extend to the next generation, writes Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario.
Ceva Completes Deal to Acquire Merial Swine From Boehringer Ingelheim
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Matt Kocher Joins Ceva as Poultry, Swine Marketing Director
US - Matt Kocher, an innovative leader in the animal health industry, has joined Ceva Animal Health as director, marketing, for poultry and swine.
New Biosecurity Research Shared at North American PRRS Symposium
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Nutriad Solutions for Antibiotic Free Production
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SowMAX Key to Increasing Feed Consumption
A move to 21-day weaning along with an increasing born live sent Great Lake Pork, headquartered in Allendale, Michigan, in search of the best method for ad-lib feeding in farrowing.
Pork Commentary: US Hog Market Continues Rebound
US - In November, US market hogs touched $0.45 lean/lb. By the end of last week, 53-54 per cent lean hogs were $0.66/lb. A month ago and a year ago, they were $0.57. Pork demand is strong. The extra money producers are getting is stopping financial losses.

Global Pig Industry News

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Will the US Take Retaliatory Measures Against the EU?
EU Pig Prices: Quotations Are Steady
EU Admits No 'One-Size-Fits-All' Soloution to Reducing Antibiotic Use

   United Kingdom

NFU Appoints New Head of Food and Farming
Will US Pork Mountain Prove Insurmountable for UK Exports
Brexit Presents Opportunities for British Agri-Science, Says MP
New Inquiry Launched into Implications of Brexit on UK Agriculture
UK 2016 Pig Meat Production Increased Slightly

   United States

US Livestock, Poultry Industries are Blessed Again
US Frozen Red Meat Inventories Down at End of 2016
Supermarket Promotion Aims to Boost US Pork’s Retail Presence in Northern Mexico
NPPC Committed to Maintaining Pork Exports to Canada, Mexico
Renegotiating NAFTA Offers Opportunity to Strengthen North American Pork Industry Ties
Mixed Response From Agricultural Industry as President Trump Withdraws US from Trans-Pacific Partnership
Wholesale Food Prices Drop Sharply
Significant Year-Over-Year Difference for US Hog Marketing Chain
Research Examines Survivability of Pig Viruses in Feed Ingredients


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Demise of TPP Raises Importance of Bilateral Trade Discussions


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