House Members Want Thailand Ban of U.S. Pork Ended

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

Members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Taiwan’s Ambassador to the U.S. asking for the removal of import restrictions on American agricultural products, including pork. The bipartisan letter was signed by 44 House members and sponsored by Republican David Young of Iowa and Wisconsin Democrat Ron Kind. The letter calls for the U.S. to suspend trade benefits …


House Members Call for End to Thailand’s Ban on U.S. Pork

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

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Virachai Plasai, ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States, calling for the removal of restrictions on imports of U.S. farm products, including U.S. pork. The bipartisan letter – signed by 44 members and sponsored by Representatives David Young, R-IA, and Ron Kind, D-WI – calls for the …


NPPC: Oppose Brat-Blumenauer Farm Bill Rider

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative, Pork

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is urging House lawmakers to oppose an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill that would gut the federally authorized commodity research and promotion programs, commonly known as checkoffs. NPPC joined more than 40 agricultural organizations on a letter sent to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., asking …


USTR To Review Thailand’s GSP Trade Benefits

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

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has agreed with a request from the National Pork Producers Council to review Thailand’s eligibility for the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program because of that country’s failure to provide access to its market for U.S. products, including pork. NPPC, which last month filed a GSP review petition with USTR, is …


USDA Proposes Rule to Eliminate Redundant Hog Carcass Cleaning Regulation

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

The Department of Agriculture last week proposed to amend federal meat inspection regulations to repeal what USDA calls a redundant regulatory requirement for hog slaughter establishments. The Food Safety and Inspection Service says the proposed rule would remove a redundant requirement that requires hog slaughter establishments to clean hog carcasses before cutting. Establishments are required to have a Hazard Analysis …


China Steps Up Pork Inspections, Slowing Imports

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

China is stepping up inspections of pork imports from the United States. Ports are opening and inspecting every cargo that arrives, according to a report by Reuters, compared with inspections carried out only “randomly” in the past. Some trade experts see the move, along with other similar actions by China, as a warning to the United States in response to …


Analyst: Labor Shortages and Volatile Feed Prices Ahead for Meat Industry

Dan Beef, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration, Pork, Poultry

A Rabobank analyst says the U.S. could be on the tail end of the second longest expansion of its economy in history. Rabobank Analyst Don Close told the North American Meat Institute this week there are implications for the meat industry, including a pending labor shortage and possible volatile commodity prices ahead, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. Close warns …


USDA Seeks Feedback from Growers about 2018 Crops, Stocks, Livestock Inventories and Values

Dan Cattle, Field Crops, Florida, Nursery Crops, Pork, Sheep-Goats, Specialty Crops

During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will contact nearly 700 producers across Florida to determine crop acreage and stock levels as of June 1, 2018. “Two of the most important and well-known surveys NASS …