U.S. pork exports are on pace to set record sales this year. Helping that cause will be the three free-trade agreements that Congress passed last week after a four-year delay.

Sam Carney, past National Pork Producers Council president and Iowa producer, chats with AgriTalk about the impact that FTAs will have on the U.S. pork industry, rural America and the country as a whole. “We’ve been working on this since 2007,” Carney notes. The pork industry’s portion of the FTAs will be fully implemented by 2016, and are estimated to add $11.50 per pig for U.S. pork producers. “We are fully committed to improving the bottomline of the U.S. pork industry,” Carney says.