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10 things you didn’t know about China

From skyscraper hog houses to a burgeoning ethanol industry, China’s import needs continue to have a big impact on American agriculture.

Mike Wilson

February 3, 2021

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Woman arranges cuts of pork in wet market in Guangzhou, China.

A shopkeeper organizes cuts of pork in a wet market in Guangzhou. Before African Swine Fever hit in 2018, China was able to produce 97% of its domestic pork needs.Mike Wilson

Pork exports to China have boomed, but that boom could be nearing an end.

U.S. pork exports in 2020 were a record high for the fourth consecutive year, up 17.8% during the first 11 months. The increase was almost entirely due to China. After losing more than half its hog herd from African Swine Fever, the nation was forced to buy pork from overseas as it rebuilt its hog herd.

Click through the images for a few more bits of trivia you might find interesting as the two countries continue trade despite political tension.

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About the Author(s)

Mike Wilson

Executive Editor, Farm Futures

Mike Wilson is executive editor and content manager at He grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Ogle County, Ill., and earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Illinois. He was twice named Writer of the Year by the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and is a past president of the organization. He is also past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, a global association of communicators specializing in agriculture. He has covered agriculture in 35 countries.

“At our goal is to get readers the facts and help them analyze complicated issues that impact their day-to-day decision-making,” he says.

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