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LIVESTOCK MARKETS: Demand, profitability driving U.S. pork industry expansion

U.S. proposes to import poultry products from China.

Strong profitability and rising global demand are creating a strong incentive for U.S. pork processors to expand capacity. The impending increase in demand for hog supplies will create favorable terms for producers, while intensified competition among processors could lead to a short-term compression in packer margins, according to a new report from CoBank.

“U.S. pork packing capacity will increase 8-10% by mid-2019, when five processing facility construction projects are comple

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