Pork President-Elect Arrested in DC

Cindy Zimmerman

The president-elected of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) was arrested on Wednesday in Washington D.C. going through security at one of the U.S. Capitol buildings with a 9-mm Ruger handgun in his bag. Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and part of family-owned Prestage Farms of South Carolina, was charged with carrying a pistol without a license. Reports indicate Prestage has …

Government, NPPC, Pork

Ag Groups Challenge EPA Interpretive Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s promise that under the proposed rules defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) “all normal farming practices are exempt – period” may be falling on deaf ears in the agriculture community. McCarthy is visiting Missouri this week to explain the proposed rules but she faces an uphill battle from the …

AFBF, Beef, EPA, Government, NCBA, NPPC

NPPC Industry Relations Update

Joanna Schroeder

Dr. Howard Hill, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) president, veterinarian and producer from Cambridge, Iowa officially kicked off the 26th annual World Pork Expo 2014 (WPX) during a media press conference. He noted that WPX is the largest trade show and exhibition in the world and attendance was nearly 20,000 people over the three day show. Last year there were …

Agribusiness, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

NPPC Environmental Issues Update

Cindy Zimmerman

National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) president-elect Dr. Ron Prestage of South Carolina provided an update on some environmental issues on the forefront for the hog industry during World Pork Expo last week. First of all, Prestage says pork producers are encouraged by Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, who has been in the position for the past year or so. …

Animal Health, Audio, environment, Government, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

New Animal Ag Facility Lighting Debuts at WPX

Joanna Schroeder

As I mentioned in a post yesterday, there are loads of fun things to see, eat and learn about each year during the World Pork Expo. A new cool product that I ran across is an innovative new lighting system designed with the swine industry in mind. When speaking with Burlington-IA, Energyficient Systems CEO Chad Palmer (and designer) he explained …

Agribusiness, NPPC, Pork, Swine, Technology, Video, World Pork Expo

NPPC President at World Pork Expo

Joanna Schroeder

Each year people from around the world come to World Pork Expo (WPX) and ask the question: what new things will I find there? So I asked Dr. Howard Hill, National Pork Producer Council (NPPC) president, veterinarian and Iowa pork producer, that question and his answer: a lot. A few highlights he mentioned included all the press conferences and seminars …

Audio, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

Pork Producers Oppose Japan’s TPP Demands

Cindy Zimmerman

Pending trade deals, particularly the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be among the topics on the plate – along with lots of barbequed pork! – at the World Pork Expo this week. Just last week, the National Pork Producers Council joined with dairy, wheat and rice organizations in calling on the Obama administration to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations …

Agribusiness, NPPC, Pork, Swine, Trade, World Pork Expo

World Pork Expo at Center of Pork Universe

Cindy Zimmerman

We are heading to the Center of the Pork Universe this week to join some 20,000 pork producers and industry professionals from 32 countries for the 2014 World Pork Expo. “World Pork Expo is a showcase of pork production,” says National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) president Howard Hill. “It offers a great opportunity for pork producers to get a crash …

Boehringer Ingelheim, Events, NPPC, Pork, World Pork Expo