In May and June of 2008, more than 25 percent of U.S. pork production was exported to other countries. After 17 consecutive record years, pork exports are expected to be down in 2009. 

Less pork being exported means more pork will end up on the U.S. market. That could present a challenge in terms of moving what will still be a large supply of pork at a reasonable price for producers. Cuts in competing meat production, particularly chicken, could lend some support.