waiver

Waiver from Trucking Federal Rule Extended

Dan Legislative, Pork, Regulation

It was announced Monday that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had extended a waiver for commercial truckers from the federal Hours of Service (HOS) regulation to Feb. 28, 2022. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) thanked the Biden administration, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Meera Joshi, FMCSA deputy administrator for the extension. The HOS rule limits truckers to 11 hours of …

usda

USDA Investing $32 Million to Strengthen U.S. Food Supply Chain

Dan Beef, Cattle, Economy, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Monday they will be investing $32 million in grants through awards to 167 meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities to support expanded capacity and efficiency through the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “Today’s investment supports local and regional meat and poultry processors as they recover from …

Vietnam

Vietnam Confirms Tariff Cut on U.S. Pork

Dan Export/Import, Pork, Tariff

Vietnam has confirmed it will lower its Most Favored Nation tariff on imported frozen pork from 15 to 10 percent. The reduction is expected to be implemented on July 1, 2022. Getting better market access to Vietnam, a major pork-consuming country, has been a top trade priority for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). They recently led efforts asking U.S. Trade …

pesticide

Livestock, Poultry, Egg Groups Weight in on EPA Pesticide Restrictions

Dan Beef, Cattle, Environment, Livestock, Pork, Poultry

Last week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) led 35 other livestock, poultry and egg organizations in asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the analysis used for a proposal to restrict the use of pyrethrin, the pesticide used in food animal houses to control flies. In comments submitted to the EPA, the groups pointed out that “fly …

African Swine Fever

Breakthroughs in Developing an African Swine Fever Vaccine

Dan Pork

Tenacious USDA scientists have scored a breakthrough in the search for a vaccine against African Swine Fever (ASF). Gary Crawford reports efforts are getting closer and closer to the Holy-grail of animal health science when it comes to ASF. And after years of research, the scientists have a vaccine they say can work and is ready for commercial field testing.

imports

Beef and Pork Exports Remain on Record Pace

Dan Beef, Exports/Imports, Livestock, Pork

Both U.S. Beef and Pork Exports Remain on Record Pace and U.S. pork exports are on a record pace through September, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Joe Schuele has more details. Red Meat Exports Remain on Record Pace Through Third Quarter Both U.S. beef and U.S. …

report

Report: U.S. Animal Protein Needs Trade Negotiators Back at the Table

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats

A report from CoBank shows animal agriculture needs trade negotiators at the table to build export markets. The report says the recent nomination of a chief agriculture negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is an important step forward. However, Elaine Trevino has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. U.S. animal protein exports have grown from $7.4 …