Pork Producers Concerned About FDA Antibiotics Proposal

Dan National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) submitted comments critical of the Food and Drug Administration’s draft guidance on the duration of use of certain antibiotics in food animals. NPPC says the proposal would “deny the ability for a veterinarian to prescribe antimicrobials appropriately, burden pharmaceutical companies, and may jeopardize antibiotic access.” For 30 years, the U.S. pork industry has implemented …


Concerns Raised Over EPA’s Proposed Wastewater Regulation

Dan Beef, Cattle, Environment, Livestock, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork, Poultry, USDA-EPA, Water

Many in the livestock industry are very concerned about a proposed wastewater regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning wastewater from meat and poultry processing facilities. It is expected to require meatpackers and processors to install millions of dollars of upgrades to their wastewater management systems. So, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Chief Legal Strategist, Michael Formica, along with representatives from the U.S. Poultry …


NPPC Asks to Intervene in CAFO Rule Court Case

Dan Legislative, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork, Regulation

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has teamed up with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, and the United Egg Producers (UEP) requesting the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to allow their intervention in a lawsuit filed by environmental and animal rights extremists against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over …


NPPC Seeks Input on Updated Swine Traceability Standards

Dan National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork

October is National Pork Month, and one thing U.S. pork producers asked the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to do is to lead an effort to update the existing swine traceability system. So, NPPC is asking swine producers, veterinarians, cull swine and breeding operators and show pig enthusiasts to comment on the draft standards by Oct. 27, 2023. In 2006, U.S. swine …

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Pork Producers Take on D.C. for Fall Fly-in

Dan Farm Bill, Legislative, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Regulation

More than 100 pork producers from around the country attended the National Pork Producers Council’s (NPPC) Spring Legislative Action Conference last week in Washington, D.C. The biannual fly-in featured a variety of speakers, a media briefing and NPPC’s widely popular congressional “Baconfest” reception in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress. NPPC President Scott Hays kicked off the event by sharing …

Prop 12

NPPC President Not Willing to “Bet the Farm” on Prop 12

Dan Agri-Business, Legislative, Livestock, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork

Now that California’s Prop 12 is in effect, hog producers around the nation are having to decide if they’re going to change their operations to comply. National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President Scott Hays says it’s an individual choice, and one his family farm turned down. “If you think about it from a producer perspective, most of the cost is …

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Large Pork Producers Don’t Favor Overturning Prop 12

Dan Agri-Business, Legislative, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork, Regulation

Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would overturn California’s Prop 12. Reuters says some of the country’s biggest pork producers who’ve already spent money to comply with the California requirements don’t favor throwing out Prop 12. The Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act would curb states’ ability to regulate agricultural products sold within their borders. The bill was introduced …


NPPC Releases Q3 Economic Update

Dan Economy, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC)

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) released its third-quarter pork industry economic update covering the top pork industry issues, current trends, and marketing issues impacting U.S. farmers. Among the biggest takeaways, California’s Prop 12 creates significant challenges and market uncertainty for pig farmers across the country and has far-reaching implications beyond the pork industry. High production costs continue to be a major …


Spartz Ag Appropriations Amendment Ignites Checkoff Debate

Dan Agri-Business, American Soybean Association (ASA), Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Field Crops, Marketing, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Soybeans

The cattle industry is speaking out against a proposed amendment to the ag appropriations bill, and the Representative behind the amendment is firing back.  Introduced by Indiana Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R-IN-05), the amendment states that none of the funds made available by the bill may be used to carry out commodity checkoff programs. Vice President of Government Affairs with the …


Legislation Would Exempt Farms from Emission Reporting

Dan Agri-Business, Beef, Biofuels/Energy, Cattle, Dairy, Legislative, Livestock, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork, Regulation

Last week, a group of lawmakers introduced legislation to exclude reporting of routine emissions from livestock farms to state and local emergency response authorities. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) supports the legislation. Pork producers and other livestock industries have engaged with federal and state regulators for decades over permitting and reporting of air emissions. This engagement has included both …