One of the things that we work on constantly at IL Corn is how to export more commodities to other countries. This obviously helps farmers because it creates more market opportunities for their products, but also helps other countries that don’t grow or produce enough food to feed all their citizens.
We really enjoy exporting pork, beef, and poultry. It makes the most sense; sell the corn here in Illinois or at least in the U.S. to another farmer who adds value to the corn by growing beef or pork with it, and then sell that beef or pork to an overseas customer. This philosophy helps U.S. farmers capture more of the economic opportunity here in the states while still helping to feed the world.
The U.S. Meat Export Federation is one organization that helps us do this. They have representatives in other countries that understand the culture and food and nutrition demands of the citizens there, and then they help promote U.S. beef and pork in those countries using what they know.
They even work to build demand for the cuts of beef and pork that we don’t use so much of in the U.S. so that we waste less of the animal. As an example, we love our bacon here in the U.S. so no reason to promote bacon overseas. Do you know what we love less? Tongue. Do you know who likes tongue? Japan. It’s a win-win proposition!
Interested in learning more about how we export beef and pork into other countries? Follow U.S. Meat Export Federation on Facebook!