Darin Uhlir, who raises hogs near St. Paul, says the people he and other commodity group leaders talked with expressed confidence in the products they get from the U.S. and they want to continue doing business with us.
“We’ve come down and met with a lot of the people on the Mexican side that are actually buying our products and are even feeding our grain products,” Uhlir says. “The overwhelming message from all of them is they’re just as excited to get our products down there as we are to send them.”
Uhlir says Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers do a lot of business with Mexico and this trip helped solidify that long-standing relationship, though tariffs still pose a significant hardship.
“You look at $1 billion worth of pork receipts out of Nebraska going down to Mexico, that’s 40,000 jobs,” Uhlir says. “That’s a lot of jobs and a lot of income that we need to get that trade rolling freely again.”
Uhlir says the opportunity for increased future business with Mexico is quite bright.
“We’re are definitely their preferred partner,” Uhlir says. “All the Mexican companies that we talked to expressed a lot of confidence that the Mexican consumer has in buying American products.”
Although Mexican consumers are eating a lot of chicken and eggs because of the lower cost, Uhlir says with that nation’s growing middle class, there’s a rising demand for pork.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton