China's agricultural futureKNOXVILLE, Tenn. — As the most populous nation on Earth, China has intermittently been seen as the solution to the problem created by the ability of United States farmers to produce more than they can sell at a profitable price. Sometimes the discussion is focused on cotton; at other times it is corn or soybeans. Today, it is pork — on the hoof that is. A recent Reuters article provides an explanation for the surge in the import of live pigs into China. From 2002 to 2007, China imported a total of 13,000 head of swine, while from 2008 to 2011, live swine imports totaled 39,000 head — 15,000 in 2011 alone.
By: Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer, Agweek