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Swine Producers in Canada and U.S. Equally Concerned About Increased Ethanol Pro
Date: Saturday, January 27 2007
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Swine Producers in Canada and U.S. Equally Concerned About Increased Ethanol Production

Karl Kynoch - Manitoba Pork Council
Farmscape for January 26, 2007 (Episode 2308)

The Chair of Manitoba Pork Council says swine producers on the two sides of the Canada U.S. border share a common concern over rapidly rising feed prices resulting from expanded ethanol production.

Yesterday a delegation of Manitoba pork producers completed a three week trade mission which took them to South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa to participate in trade shows and to meet and discuss issues with their counterparts in those three states.

The tour is part of an ongoing series of cross border meetings designed to further improve trade relations among Canadian and U.S. producers and to draw U.S. media attention to the importance of trade.

Manitoba Pork Council Chair Karl Kynoch says, when he talks to producers down south, he might as well be talking to his neighbor a mile down the road because the issues are so common on both sides of the border.

Clip-Karl Kynoch-Manitoba Pork Council

One of the big issues right now is ethanol.

The producers in the U.S. are very concerned.

Feed prices have went up fast and grains prices are getting up where they need to be but what we need to have happen is the meat price follow.

That's a huge concern down here.

Where Iowa used to be a major exporter of corn, they could actually in fact become an importer of corn.

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