With China’s announcement to impose a tariff on U.S. pork products, the impact could be far reaching and hit especially close to home for some Central Illinois farmers.
Chinese officials have imposed a 25 percent tariff on incoming U.S. pork products. Jim Monroe with the National Pork Producers Association says U.S. pork is a highly competitive product in a free global market, and this tariff makes access to a large Chinese market more difficult.
Monroe says there are hundreds of thousands of jobs tied directly to the pork industry across rural America.
Monroe says these tariffs open the door for other pork-producing countries, like Germany and Denmark, to get business the U.S. could lose because of the tariff.