agriculture

Agriculture Groups Worried About Import Restrictions

Dan Exports/Imports

The National Pork Producers Council and 17 other food and agriculture organizations, representing the vast majority of production agriculture, sent a letter to the Trump administration urging it to refrain from placing restrictions on imports of steel and aluminum. The organizations are very concerned that such restrictions will boomerang against U.S. food and agriculture exports. The groups warned that “the …

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Swine Veterinarian Fly-In

Dan Farm Bill, Pork

The National Pork Producers Council and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians are hosting their Washington, D.C. legislative fly-in today and tomorrow, July 11-12.  Swine veterinarians from across the country will visit congressional lawmakers, discussing their priority issues. The veterinarians are expected to urge members of Congress to include in the 2018 Farm Bill language establishing a vaccine bank to …

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Groups Applaud EPA Proposed Rule To Repeal WOTUS

Dan Industry News Release, Water

American Farm Bureau Federation The following statement may be attributed to Zippy Duvall, president, American Farm Bureau Federation: “Farmers and ranchers across this country are cheering EPA’s proposal to ditch its flawed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. We know the importance of clean water, and farmers and ranchers work hard to protect our natural resources every day. “But this …

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Questions about GIPSA Rule

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Pork, Poultry

The Department of Agriculture’s extended comment period for the Obama-era rules to reform the buying and selling of livestock and poultry expired this past Monday. The rule is set to take effect October 19th under the Trump Administration’s new timeline, but there’s still uncertainty over its fate. So the question now is, will the so-called GIPSA marketing rule that’s divided …

trade

Mexico Shopping for Non-U.S. Pork

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

Concerns over the U.S.-led effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement has prompted Mexico to consider other options for pork imports. National Hog Farmer magazine reports U.S. pork industry leaders shared that message at last week’s World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. For instance, if the U.S. would abandon NAFTA, Mexico would be poised to place a …

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NPPC, Ports Coalition, Applaud Early West Coast Port Contract Talks

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release

The National Pork Producers Council has signed onto a letter from the Ports Coalition applauding early contract talks between port unions and west coast port operators. The letter specifically applauds the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association for agreeing to early discussions on a contract extension. The extension will allow ports on the West Coast to operate …

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NPPC White Paper Details Benefits Of NAFTA

Dan Industry News Release, Pork, Trade

Following last week’s notification by the Trump administration that it will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the National Pork Producers Council released a white paper on the benefits of the trade deal among the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The paper, which focuses primarily on trade with Mexico, makes the case for not abandoning the 23-year-old pact …

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NAFTA Modernization Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

Dan Industry News Release, Pork, Trade

Following notification by the Trump administration to Congress that it intends to modernize the trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico, the National Pork Producers Council urged the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded in North America. The White House officially notified the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, which …

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NPPC President Ken Maschhoff on USDA Establishing an Undersecretary for Trade

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

NPPC is very pleased that Secretary Perdue is establishing within USDA an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, a position that we and others in agriculture fought to get included in the 2014 Farm Bill. Clearly, the Trump administration recognizes the importance of exports to U.S. agriculture, which has a trade surplus. The new undersecretary can help convey our …