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AFBF and NPPC Tell Supreme Court Proposition 12 is Unconstitutional

Dan Pork

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 12. The state law seeks to ban the sale of pork from hogs that don’t meet the state’s arbitrary production standards, even if the pork was raised on farms outside of California. AFBF and …

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Key Policy Issues Lead NPPC Strategic Agenda

Dan Pork

Wednesday, a panel led by National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) experts at World Pork Expo discussed the pork industry’s current policy priorities that are vital to producers’ livelihoods and the future success of the industry. As part of the pork industry’s long-range strategic planning process, the Pork Industry Visioning Task Force prioritized international trade, foreign animal disease and labor as key policy …

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NPPC Pushing for Market Access in Asia-Pacific Countries

Dan Exports/Imports, Marketing, Pork

Last week the Biden Administration launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). It’s a U.S.-led trade initiative that includes Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. But, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) continues to push for better market access through the elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers in a number of the IPEF …

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Livestock Groups Support Bill to Increase Meatpacking Capacity

Dan Pork

Last week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and other livestock organizations threw their support behind legislation that would allow livestock auction market owners to invest in or own small and medium meatpacking operations. In a letter sent Thursday to the leadership of the agriculture committees in the Senate and House, NPPC, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Sheep Industry Association, Livestock Marketing Association, and …

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NPPC to Weigh in on EPA Formaldehyde Risk Assessment

Dan Pork

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) will soon submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s toxicological review of formaldehyde. NPPC says formaldehyde is used in pork production for, among other things, preventing Salmonella infections in pigs and as a disinfectant. Pork industry-funded research has demonstrated formaldehyde’s potential as a mitigant for contamination of feeds with viruses such as African swine …

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USDA Lets More Packing Plants Return to Faster Line Speeds

Dan Pork

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service last week announced it approved the Clemens Food Group pork packing plant in Coldwater, Michigan, to run faster line speeds under a one-year trial program. The agency now has let four plants operate with faster harvesting line speeds, which could increase packing capacity and alleviate supply issues in the face of strong pork demand. …

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Supreme Court to Hear NPPC Case Against Prop. 12

Dan Legislative, Pork, Regulation

(NPPC/WASHINGTON, D.C., Mar. 28, 2022) — The U.S. Supreme Court at its Mar. 25 conference agreed to hear a case brought by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) against California’s Proposition 12, which bans the sale of pork from hogs born to sows that weren’t raised according to the state’s “arbitrary” production standards. “We are …

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Omnibus Spending Bill Included Many Pork Industry Priorities

Dan Legislative, Pork, Regulation

The omnibus spending bill to keep the government operating through fiscal 2022, which was approved by Congress and then signed into law last week by President Biden, included nearly two dozen pork industry priority provisions and programs that will benefit U.S. producers. According to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), a lot of the $25.1 billion for agriculture, rural development, …

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NPPC Focuses on Readiness for Possible Foreign Animal Diseases

Dan Livestock, Pork

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) hired Dr. Anna Forseth for the newly created position of Director of Animal Health. She will focus on foreign animal disease prevention and preparedness, as well as antibiotic use and resistance issues. “She has a wealth of knowledge about hogs and swine diseases and a great background in swine research,” says NPPC CEO Bryan …

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India Agrees to Allow Imports of U.S. Pork

Dan Exports/Imports, Pork, Trade

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced Monday that the government of India has agreed to allow imports of U.S. pork and pork products into India, removing a longstanding barrier to U.S. agricultural trade. This news follows the successful revitalization of the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum held in New Delhi in November 2021. The National …