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Groups Urge Administration To Lift Metals Tariffs

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

A diverse, ad hoc coalition of more than 45 groups representing many sectors of the U.S. economy joined the National Pork Producers Council in calling for an end to U.S. tariffs on Canadian and Mexican aluminum and steel imports so that America can take advantage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The Trump administration on June 1, 2018, imposed a 25 …

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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 …

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Meat Inspections, Livestock Price Reports Continue During Shutdown

Dan Livestock, Pork

USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors and agency employees who produce the twice-daily livestock price reports remain on the job despite the ongoing government shutdown. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), early last year, strongly urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to deem as essential FSIS meat inspectors and the Agricultural Marketing Service staff responsible for operating and administering the Livestock Mandatory …

livestock haulers

Livestock Haulers Freed From ELD Requirements

Dan Livestock

The U.S. Department of Transportation officially suspended the requirement that livestock haulers use electronic logging devices (ELDs) in their trucks. Back in 2012, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act mandated that drivers of commercial motor vehicles replace their paper logs with ELDs by Dec. 18, 2017. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) requested a waiver from the requirement on …

trade

Ag Must Be Part Of U.S.-EU Trade Deal, Groups Insist

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

An ad hoc coalition of more than 50 food and agriculture organizations is insisting that any trade deal between the United States and the European Union include agriculture and that it address the EU’s restrictive tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. farm products. In a letter sent to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 53 organizations, led by the National Pork …

farm bill

Conference Panel Approves 2018 Farm Bill

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative, Livestock, Pork

Pork producers – and all livestock farmers – are poised for a significant victory after passage by a Senate-House conference committee of a 2018 Farm Bill that includes mandatory funding for animal disease prevention and preparedness. The National Pork Producers Council now is urging lawmakers in both chambers of Congress to approve the new five-year agricultural blueprint. NPPC has been …

african swine fever

U.S. Pork Losses from Trade Dispute with Mexico: $1.5 Billion

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

Losses Attributed to China Dispute Estimated at $1 Billion The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) called for an end to a trade dispute that has cost U.S. pork producers an estimated $1.5 billion this year, according to Iowa State University Economist Dermot Hayes. “We are very pleased with the new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, one that preserves zero-tariff …

african swine fever

NPPC Testifies In Support Of USMCA

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

Exports of U.S. pork and other American agricultural goods to Canada and Mexico are expected to grow under the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) testified at a hearing on the trade deal held by the International Trade Commission (ITC). The Trump administration recently concluded renegotiations with Canada and Mexico on a modernized North American Free …

epa

EPA Rule Exempts Farms From Emissions Reporting

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its proposed rule exempting livestock farmers from reporting to state and local authorities the routine emissions from their farms. “The announced rule is the final piece in the implementation of the FARM Act, which passed Congress earlier this year and which eliminated the need for livestock …