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U.S., Canadian Officials Meet to Jointly Stop ASF From Entering No. America

With African swine fever taking a toll on China's hog sector, U.S. and Canadian officials and pork industry members are eyeing potential collaboration to prevent ASF from reaching North America. USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach is in Ottawa today for a forum on studying and managing the deadly pig disease, alongside Canadian Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. 
 
African swine fever is already affecting global hog markets, driving up U.S. and Canadian hog futures and lowering forecasts for Chinese soybean imports. The National Pork Producers Council recently canceled its 2019 World Pork Expo scheduled for June in Des Moines, Iowa, over fears of ASF reaching U.S. pig herds. 
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