The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) recently co-hosted the fourth annual Swine Industry Symposium in Beijing, China. The event attracted more than 150 attendees, including pork industry representatives, agricultural policymakers, animal health experts and university researchers.
Joel Haggard, USMEF senior vice president for the Asia Pacific region, explains that the symposium is designed to allow the U.S. and Chinese industries to exchange information on such issues as food safety, food security and sustainability. Along with USMEF, the event was co-hosted on the U.S. side by the U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Soybean Export Council. This year’s participants included National Pork Board CEO Chris Hodges and Dr. Craig Morris, USDA deputy administrator for the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Livestock Poultry and Seed Program. John Hagenbuch, a soybean and hog producer from Utica, Illinois, who serves on the USMEF Executive Committee, also addressed the symposium.