With large pork production expected in 2017, it’s important that the pork industry reach out to export partners to expand sales abroad.

"Ninety-six percent of our population lives outside of the United States. This means we have a huge op­­portunity for pork exports in feeding that population," said Becca Nep­ple, vice president of international marketing for the National Pork Board.

In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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