Sales of U.S. pork abroad have shown healthy gains in 2000. Before long, the U.S. could become the world's top pork trader.

"Checkoff-funded promotions to market pork under the U.S. Pork Seal have helped create awareness that U.S. pork offers consistent high quality and wholesomeness," says R.H. "Moe" Mohesky, a North Carolina pork producer and chair of the National Pork Producers Council's (NPPC) Trade Committee.

For the first five months of this year, pork exports are up 14% over the same period last year. Notably, pork exports to Mexico are up 100% and to Japan 11%. Value of all pork and pork variety meats is up 23%.

Declares Mohesky: "The position as the world's largest pork exporter is clearly within our reach. We need to continue aggressively developing our global markets under the U.S. Pork brand. Checkoff-funded export promotions provide the tools to make U.S. pork producers the number one provider of pork to the world."