The events of September 11 rattled America to the core and will have far-reaching effects much more important than the effects on the pork industry. But, as with nearly all other areas of American life, the U.S. pork industry will see some effects from the terrorist last Monday.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D- IA) said the nation must not “succumb to panic. We must meet this tragedy with resolve, determination and the coordination of federal, state and local agencies.”

The International Dairy Foods Association noted that the horrific events of Tuesday had altered priorities on Capitol Hill. The farm bill debate now takes “a back burner position to security matters,” the IDFA statement said.

Other issues that could affect pork and other sectors of the agricultural community include the commodity markets being closed for a couple days. Commodity prices were expected to return to normal and continue to be driven by supply and demand rather than show an effect from the attacks.

Also, foreign trade is expected to stabilize and the effects will be less than many people may have feared. Most U.S. pork exports are shipped by sea, so the impact on pork trade should be minimal. In addition, the Canadian border will be open at North Dakota and Minnesota, so producers importing feeder pigs from Canada will continue to have a source of pigs.

While the Canadian border may remain open, that doesn’t mean that animal health safety precautions are being ignored. USDA announced that Foreign Animal Disease surveillance will be increased nationwide in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the United States.

USDA instructed investigators and laboratory personnel to implement an appropriate level of personal protection when examining animals, carcasses and submitted samples until potentially zoonatic diseases can be ruled out.