Bringing together the world's largest pork producer, China, and the largest single-country pork exporter, the U.S., September's U.S.-China Hog Summit provided information on operation modernization, management and sustainability.
The U.S. Grains Council partnered with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, the U.S. Embassy in China, China Animal Agriculture Association and Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences to host the summit in Beijing.
The summit was a direct follow up to the U.S.-China Agricultural Summit held in Iowa in February 2012. China's hog industry is experiencing rapid centralization and industrialization. The summit provided an opportunity for continued discussion of key issues including waste and disease management as well as health and food safety.
A hog producer from North Carolina, Henry Moore, explained U.S. production programs such as Pork Quality Assurance and biosecurity. He stressed safety and environmental sustainability.
The growth and development of China's hog industry is among the major forces affecting not only world commodity markets, but also China's ability to remain self-sufficient in food and feed grains, environmental sustainability, and food safety issues, USGC said.
USGC said that trade can help provide more food security by ensuring adequate supplies of low cost food to the low-income consumers in China.
"The definition of food security is changing. In the past the emphasis has been on providing sufficient food for adequate intake of calories to maintain effective energy levels. But increasingly the emphasis is on adequate intake of micronutrients, in addition to calories, to maintain effective energy levels and overall mental and physical health," said Dr. Bryan Lohmar, USGC director in China, during the Summit.
"The Council is proud of the role it has played in the modernization of China's hog industry over the last 30 years," Lohmar said. "The Council established China's first feed mill producing modern pre-mixes in 1984 and ultimately donated that mill to the provincial Agriculture Bureau. The Council has sponsored hundreds of participants in technical and market study tours and seminars over the last three decades, and been a reliable partner providing information to help China's feed and livestock producers improve their operations, and trading and processing companies negotiate the market."
Philip Seng, president and CEO of a sponsoring organization, the U.S. Meat Export Federation, was supportive of the summit.
"This first Hog Summit was a huge success in creating a dialogue between our industries, building trust and a strong foundation for future cooperation. While there are still obstacles in U.S.-China pork trade, dialogue and cooperation are essential to fostering a problem-solving environment," he said.