Strategic Pork and Poultry Exports to U.S. Neighbors
U.S. livestock and poultry farmers can meet our neighbors’ growing demands for high-quality protein. Combined, pork and poultry production consume 88 percent of the soybean meal fed in the U.S. and nearly 92 percent of the soybean meal fed in Illinois. And so, growing demand for high-quality U.S. meat and poultry products translates to growing local demand for soybeans.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program supports U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) work in strategic countries to keep our animal agriculture industry – and top consumers – growing.
Mexico has a growing appetite for U.S. pork and poultry products, as demonstrated over the past decade. The ISA checkoff program funds product promotions in Mexico through both USMEF and USAPEEC to support this growth. Efforts like promoting pork dishes and sponsoring technical workshops for the foodservice industry have contributed to strong demand in Mexico, despite retaliatory tariffs levied on some pork products during 2018.
Cuba has been a top-five market for U.S. chicken for the past few years, and ISA has helped USAPEEC build and strengthen relationships with customers in Cuba. However, in 2018 Cuba imported less chicken from the U.S., turning instead to the EU and Brazil.
U.S. pork exports to the Dominican Republic set a new volume record in 2018. A free trade agreement between the U.S., the Dominican Republic and Central America helped unlock the potential of this market. USMEF pork promotion efforts, funded in part by the ISA checkoff program, bolstered interest in U.S. pork, contributing to the export surge.