To advance worldwide interest in Ohio corn and pork, representatives of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program (OCMP) and Ohio Pork Producers Council (OPPC) will participate in the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) Red Meat Symposium in Tokyo, Japan, from July 7-13, 2013.
“It’s important for Ohio’s pork and corn industries that we continue to build on our share of the Japanese pork market. Educating buyers and consumers in Japan about our country’s high-quality, pork is a significant step in this process,” said John Linder, OCMP board member and Morrow County grain farmer who is going on the trip.
Linder, in addition to Kyle Brown, OPPC Director and Wyandot County hog farmer, will network with 400 pork buyers in Japan to promote U.S. pork and the high-quality corn fed to U.S. hogs.
Linder and Brown, along with several other U.S. corn, soybean, pork and beef producers from across the country, will participate in government briefings, educational events with key buyers, and retail and consumer promotional activities.
“Japan is the number one export market for U.S. pork; 27% of the pork produced in Ohio is exported each year. This is a significant market for Ohio farmers,” Brown said.