Japan set to grant TPP-level access for U.S. beef, pork

Tokyo | Reuters — The United States and Japan have reached the broad framework of a trade agreement, Japan’s Nikkei business daily said on Saturday, with Tokyo making concessions on its agriculture but none immediately apparent from Washington on automobiles. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi reached the deal in Washington […] Read more


Philippines checks for swine fever as pig deaths rise

Manila | Reuters — The Philippines has set up a crisis management team to determine if the deadly African swine fever virus has reached the country after officials detected a rise in pig deaths in some areas. The Bureau of Animal Industry had reported an increased mortality of pigs “raised by farmers in their backyards” […] Read more


John Wiebe with EastGen and Jayne Jackson at the 2019 Ontario Pork Congress where they talked about PigCHAMP’s new partnership with EastGen.

Hog management software gets new Canadian distribution

Collaboration intended to better serve Canadian clients

EastGen is now providing sales and service of PigCHAMP for pork producers across Canada. The partnership was announced May 10 and the team will be led by John Wiebe, business development manager for IMV Technologies. Why it matters: Management software for hog farmers is important, especially as record-keeping becomes more of a quality assurance imperative. […] Read more


Canada supplied 12 per cent of China’s pork imports in 2018 and even more this year, which makes the government’s decision to stop all Canadian meat imports that much more surprising.

Comment: China’s meat import move risks stoking consumer anger

An extremely Chinese tight market for pork leaves little room to reject Canada’s exports

Glacier FarmMedia – China’s rejection of all Canadian meat is a stunning act considering forecasts that pork prices there will rise 70 per cent or more in the coming months, topping records hit in 2016, as its hog herd staggers under the onslaught of African swine fever. Pork is by far the most important meat […] Read more


The U.S. pork industry’s lifeline has roots in global marketing efforts that began more than a decade before the current U.S- China trade dispute.

U.S. hog farmers benefit from diverse markets

They were significantly less affected by declining Chinese market access than soybean or sorghum farmers

Reuters – U.S. hog farmers lost hundreds of millions of dollars in export sales to China and Mexico after President Donald Trump launched his trade wars last year. But the sector has largely offset those massive losses by cobbling together new customers in smaller markets from Colombia to Vietnam, according a Reuters analysis of data […] Read more


Randy Pettapiece, left, parliamentary assistant to the minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Rural Affairs), Malcolm Campbell, University of Guelph vice president of Research, John de Bruyn, Ontario Pork vice chair, Ernie Hardeman, minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Franco Vaccarino, University of Guelph’s president were all part of the new research facility announcement.

New Elora swine research facility gets government, Ontario Pork support

A state-of-the-art facility is expected to help attract leading researchers and funding

A new swine research centre looks like it will be moving ahead with an investment of $12 million by the provincial government and $3 million from Ontario Pork for a total of $15 million. The centre will be based at the University of Guelph’s Elora Research Station, part of a long-term process to bring a […] Read more