On Sept. 12, pork industry leaders from the U.S. and China gathered in Beijing for the 2014 U.S.-China Swine Industry Symposium. This was the third year for the symposium, with this edition focusing mainly on waste management. The event is co-hosted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), the U.S. Grains Council, the U.S. Soybean Export Council, the China Animal Agriculture Association and the China Meat Association.

Joel Haggard, USMEF senior vice president for the Asia Pacific, provides more details on the symposium in the embedded audio report.

One of the speakers at the symposium was Wayne Humphreys, a pork, corn and soybean producer who serves on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Humphreys provided attendees with an overview of the manure management practices on his hog operation in Louisa County, Iowa.

Russ Vering of Scribner, Nebraska, who serves as vice president of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, gave a presentation on large animal mortality composting – another important area of environmental protection that presents a growing challenge for China’s producers.

Other members of the U.S. delegation included:

  • Bruce Schmoll, Minnesota Soybean Association and USMEF secretary-treasurer
  • Patrick FitzSimmons, president of the Minnesota Pork Board
  • Craig Mensink, Minnesota pork producer and National Pork Board member
  • Becca Hendricks, vice president for international marketing, National Pork Board
  • Scott McGregor, Iowa Soybean Association
  • Dean Black, Iowa Beef Industry Council
    • David Bruntz, Nebraska Corn Board