swine

Gene Editing Development Stalled; NPPC Renews Call for USDA Oversight

Dan Industry News Release, Pork, Research

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is urging the Department of Agriculture to assume regulatory oversight of gene editing for livestock. The call from NPPC follows the slow pace of developing a regulatory framework at the Food and Drug Administration. NPPC says the process is “stalled” at FDA, and that “USDA is best equipped to oversee gene editing for livestock …

food safety inspectors

Meat Inspectors, Price Reporting Staff Still On The Job

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork

In response to erroneous reports in the news and (mostly) on social media, the National Pork Producers Council is reminding pork producers and consumers that federal meat inspectors are working in meat packing plants despite the government shutdown. NPPC – and other livestock groups – a year ago urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to deem as essential USDA Food Safety …

trade

EU Won’t Include Agriculture In Trade Talks With U.S.

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The National Pork Producers Council said it cannot support a trade agreement between the United States and the European Union that does not include agriculture, after the European Commission today issued draft negotiating mandates to EU member states that doesn’t include talks on agriculture. “We are infuriated,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “The EU …

epa

EPA Exempting Livestock Farms from Emissions Reporting

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

A rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempts livestock producers from reporting emissions from their farms to state and local authorities. The move, supported by the livestock industry, won the applause of the National Pork Producers Council. NPPC President Jim Heimerl called the rule the final piece in the implementation of the FARM Act, which passed Congress earlier this …

nppc

FMD Language In Senate Agriculture Panel’s Farm Bill

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork

The National Pork Producers Council was encouraged that the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry included in its 2018 Farm Bill — the text was released today (June 8, 2018) — language establishing a vaccine bank to deal with an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). FMD is an infectious viral disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs and …