American farmers are great at growing food. Corn, is a big commodity, but because we’re great at growing corn, we are also great at growing cattle, pigs, and chickens because they eat corn.
When one country has all the food (corn, soybeans, pigs, cows, chickens) and another country doesn’t, the answer is trade.
Last week, our board got a chance to meet with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, whose goal is to help other countries that need more protein sources understand how to use the protein we sell from the U.S. and help them import it into their country.
Here’s a video created by the U.S. Meat Export Federation summarizing a U.S. Pork Seminar they held in the Dominican Republic.
The effort that goes into opening and servicing an international market is huge. First we must work with government officials to alleviate any concerns working with the U.S. Then we have to help the chefs and restaurateurs understand how to use our cuts of pork in their traditional recipes. Finally, we work with grocery stores to help international customers know how to prepare our pork in their homes.