#WPX17: A Showcase of the Pork Industry

jamie johansen

This week we hit the agriblogging highway for the 2017 World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) hosts the annual event taking place June 7-9 and will feature the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, youth and open swine shows, market outlook sessions and of course pork of all …

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NPPC Says New NAFTA Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

Jamie Johansen

Following the notification by the Trump administration to Congress that it intends to modernize the trade agreement among the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) urged the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded in North America. The White House notified the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees that …

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Animal Ag Responds to Creation of Undersecretary for Trade

Jamie Johansen

The importance of international trade to American agriculture has been recognized by our new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue with the the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the USDA. “Food is a noble thing to trade. This nation has a great story to tell and we’ve got producers here that produce more than …

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EPA Now Limited On Farm Data It Can Release

Jamie Johansen

A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement between the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation and the EPA, limiting EPA’s release of information on livestock farmers. Under the agreement, the agency only may provide under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request the city, county, zip code and Clean Water Act permit status of …

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Animal Ag Calls for Withdrawal of GIPSA

Jamie Johansen

Animal agriculture organizations united last week when they called on USDA to withdraw the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act (GIPSA) interim final and proposed rules, labeled with the misleading title, Farmer Fair Practices Rules. Craig Uden, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) president, said the rules stand to threaten market incentives, the quality of American beef the industry is known …

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NPPC Farm Bill Priorities

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill aligns with testimony from other animal ag groups – establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank. The National Pork Producers Council’s (NPPC) Vice President David Herring, a pork producer from Newtown Grove, N.C. also testified before the House Agriculture subcommittee this week. “If this country ever had an FMD …

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Students Awarded Pork Industry Scholarships

Jamie Johansen

During the 2017 National Pork Industry Forum, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) awarded scholarships to 10 college students who intend to pursue careers in the pork industry. The 2017 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation. The 2017 winners of the $2,500 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarships are: …

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NPPC Elects New Leadership

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Producers Council elected new officers and members to its board of directors. Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill., was elected president. Maschhoff is chairman of Maschhoff Family Foods and co-owner and chairman of The Maschhoffs. Jim Heimerl, of Johnstown, Ohio, was elevated to president-elect. Heimerl runs three farrow-to-finish farms in Ohio and 80 contract finishing …

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