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Hog Industry Looking to “Get Out of Reverse” But Caught in Trade Troubles

Posted June 22, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Ed White – Western Producer)

It must be a bewildering time to be Nick Giordano, the National Pork Producers Association’s international trade expert.

“We’re really hopeful we can get out of reverse and moving forward,” Giordano said in an interview at the World Pork Expo, referring to stalled trade deals, trade wars and tariffs against U.S. pork that have occurred since the beginning of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

“You’ve got to take the president, Secretary (Sonny) Perdue, other leaders at their word when they’re saying they’ve got the back of the American farmer.”

It’s hard to imagine a more impassioned free-trade advocate than Giordano. For many years at the World Pork Council he has lauded trade deals with Asian and Latin American nations while denouncing their opponents and furiously pushed back against the reluctance of Washington legislators to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the last years of former U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, when it had both administration and Republican support. Click here to read more.