U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Chairman Mark Jagels attended the 2014 World Pork Expo last week, an event that drew 20,000 people to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Jagels, a corn, soybean and cattle producer from Davenport, Neb., noted that despite being challenged by issues such as porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, he finds U.S. pork producers to be optimistic about the industry’s future and determined to remain a world leader in pork exports.


While in Iowa, Jagels also met with visiting pork buyers from China and Mexico. In addition to attending World Pork Expo, these trade teams received a farm-to-plate overview of the U.S. pork production system.


Through April, U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports are 11 percent ahead of last year’s pace in volume (776,601 metric tons) and up 14 percent in value to nearly $2.25 billion.