NPPC Leads Effort to Overturn EPA’s New Proposal on Rodenticides

Dan Environment, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork, USDA-EPA

EPA announced a proposal to overturn decades-long policies regulating farmers’ and ranchers’ use of rodenticides. The proposed changes would enhance current restrictions, create new certifications and trainings, add more requirements to labels, reclassify some products to restricted use pesticides and, if not the most important aspect, presents a major biosecurity risk to farms. A challenging, time-consuming and expensive proposal for …


NPPC Economic Update Gives Snapshot of Current Pork Industry Opportunities and Challenges

Dan Economy, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) released its latest pork industry economic update that summarizes key pork industry market indicators through January 2023. The takeaways include: The U.S. pork industry is a pillar of the U.S. economy, supporting jobs, sales, and value-added activity throughout the pork supply chain,” said Lori Stevermer, NPPC vice president and pork producer from Easton, Minnesota. “It is important to raise …

Pork Checkoff

Pork Checkoff Rate Adjustment on January 1

Dan National Pork Board (NPB), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork

The Pork Checkoff rate will drop by five cents on January 1, 2023, to 35 cents per $100 of value. This change is the result of a resolution passed by voting delegates at the 2022 Pork Industry Forum. Pork Checkoff payments are collected for all pigs sold with a change of ownership. This includes the sale of weaned pigs, breeding …

livestock trade

Ag Groups Argue Against Proposition 12 in Supreme Court

Dan American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Beef, Cattle, Legislative, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Regulation

Agriculture groups argued against California’s Proposition 12 to the Supreme Court last week. The American Farm Bureau Federation and National Pork Producers Council challenged the ability of one state to set agricultural production standards for the entire country. California’s Proposition 12 law bans the sale of pork from hogs that don’t meet the state’s arbitrary production standards, even if the …


Producers Convey Pork Industry Priorities during NPPC Fly-in

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

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) held its fall Legislative Action Conference last week, as nearly 100 pork producers were in Washington, D.C., meeting with their members of Congress to discuss pork industry priorities. Over the two-day event, producers asked lawmakers to: Press the Biden administration to join the 11-nation Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership and to negotiate an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework …

pork exports

Pork Exports Down First Half of 2022 but Show Signs of Improvement

Dan Exports/Imports, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork

U.S. pork exports for the first half of the year were down by 19% in volume and 18% in value over the same period of 2021, according to recently released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From January through June, the U.S. pork industry shipped to foreign destinations almost 1.1 million metric tons (MT) of product valued at $3 …

Beagle Brigade

NCBA, NPPC among Ag Groups Supporting Beagle Brigade

Dan Beef, Cattle, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) are among a coalition of agricultural organizations calling for passage of the Beagle Brigade Act of 2022. The bill would authorize the National Detector Dog Training Center, which trains canines who are nicknamed the “Beagle Brigade.” NCBA Executive Director of Government Affairs, Allison Rivera, said “The Beagle Brigade is crucial for …


New Report Highlights U.S. Pork Industry Contributions

Dan National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork

This week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) released a new economic report that highlights how pig farmers in the U.S. are significant contributors to the agricultural and overall economy. The report highlights pork industry value chain contributions and growth over the past five years. “This report underscores how the pork industry is an important pillar to the U.S. economy and the positive ripple …


NPPC Welcomes Biden Administration Siding with Farmers on Prop 12

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

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) welcomed a Supreme Court brief filed by the Biden administration in favor of ag groups regarding California’s Proposition 12. The state law seeks to ban the sale of pork from pigs that do not meet the state’s arbitrary production standards, including pork from pigs raised on farms outside of California. NPPC assistant vice president and general …