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Former Agriculture Secretaries Announce Support for USMCA

Dan Biotechnology, Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Poultry, Specialty Crops, Trade, Wheat

(Washington, D.C. (USDA-September 19, 2019) – All former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture since President Reagan’s Administration announced support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a letter to Congressional leaders, former Secretaries John Block (Reagan), Mike Espy (Clinton), Dan Glickman (Clinton), Ann Veneman (W. Bush), Mike Johanns (W. Bush), Ed Shafer (W. Bush), and Tom Vilsack (Obama) underscored the importance …

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USDA Resources Available for Farmers Hurt by 2018, 2019 Disasters

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Economy, Field Crops, Forestry, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pollinators, Specialty Crops

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, AL (ACES-September 18, 2019) — Farmers and producers in 25 Alabama counties affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply for assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) beginning Sept. 11. “Alabama agriculture has taken some body blows over the last two years from extreme weather,” said Jessica …

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NPPC Welcomes New Swine Inspection System

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPPC-Sept. 17, 2019) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) finalized its New Swine Inspection System (NSIS). “We applaud the USDA for introducing a new inspection system that incentivizes investment in new technologies while ensuring a safe supply of wholesome American pork,” said National Pork Producers Council President David Herring, a producer from Lillington, …

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USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection for the First Time in Over 50 Years

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

WThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final rule to modernize swine slaughter inspection and bring it into the 21st century. For the first time in more than five decades, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is modernizing inspection at market hog slaughter establishments with a goal of protecting public health while allowing for food safety innovations. “This …

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NPPC Statement on China Market Access

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork, Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPPC-Sept. 13, 2019) — Chinese media reported that it was suspending the imposition of punitive tariffs on U.S. pork imports. The following is a statement from National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C.: “If media reports are accurate, this is a most welcome development. The Chinese have placed punitive tariffs of …

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Pork Producers Urge Congress to Ratify USMCA

Dan Industry News Release, Pork, Trade

Gene Edited Livestock Regulatory Framework, Pending GIPSA Rule Also Addressed WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPPC-Sept. 12, 2019) – Congressional ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), allowing the U.S. pork industry to maintain zero-duty market access to two of its largest export markets, remains a top priority for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). More than 120 pork producers from across the …

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Will the U.S. be Able to Export Pork to China?

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

(NAFB-September 12, 2019) — China is short on pork, but U.S. producers can’t fill the need until the tariff war ends. Washington hands argue passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) might help the China effort. China consumes half the world’s pork, and before African swine fever destroyed a third of its pig herd and raised pork prices 50-percent, China was a …

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Three Alabama Counties Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Economy, Field Crops, Forestry, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pollinators, Specialty Crops, Weather

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border States Also Available WASHINGTON (USDA/FSA-Sept. 10, 2019) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated three Alabama counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Dale, Geneva, and Henry counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.  This natural disaster …

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Holmes County, Florida Designated as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

Dan Cattle, Economy, Field Crops, Florida, Forestry, Fruits, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pollinators, Seeds, Specialty Crops, Vegetables, Weather

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border State Also Available WASHINGTON (USDA/FSA-Sept. 10, 2019) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Holmes County, Florida, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.  This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend …

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U.S. Exports of Live Animals and Red Meats Accelerating

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Livestock, Sheep-Goats

Back in July, the House Agriculture Committee’s Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee held a hearing to review the state of the U.S. livestock and poultry economies. Various folks from the livestock industry were unanimous in their message about passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA). And with Congress returning to work this week, that push will continue. But despite the fact …