NPPC Urges Senate Action on Relief for Hog Farmers

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The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) hosted a press briefing Thursday with four pork producers to talk about the need for immediate aid and urge the U.S. Senate to adopt livestock agriculture provisions included in COVID-relief legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The impact of COVID-19 has caused hog values to plummet, creating a financial disaster for …

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Hog Farmers Face COVID-19 Financial Crisis

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) held a press conference Tuesday to outline the impact COVID-19 is having on the industry, causing hog values to plummet, and the immediate relief they are requesting from the administration and Congress. NPPC identified several measures federal policy makers could take to help the industry, including purchasing $1 billion in pork to clear out …

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World Pork Expo Cancelled

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The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) announced that the 2020 World Pork Expo in June will be cancelled due to COVID-19 human health concerns. “While deeply disappointed to cancel this year’s Expo, NPPC’s board of directors unanimously agreed it was prudent to make this decision now,” said NPPC President Howard “A.V.” Roth, a pork producer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. “By eliminating …

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COVID-19 Restrictions Could Impact Food Supply

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Beginning today, the United States will suspend routine immigrant and nonimmigrant processing visa services in Mexico indefinitely, including immigrant workers approved under the H-2A guest worker program who are needed to help farmers and ranchers get food in the grocery stores. “The decision to halt visa application processing in Mexico will restrict the number of immigrant workers being allowed to …

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Pork Producers Say Impossible Pork is Impossible

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Pork producers have a beef with impossible pork. As Impossible Foods debuted its latest plant-based food offering at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) called out the company for violating food labeling laws. Citing law that prohibits the use of words that redefine pork as it has been known by consumers for centuries, Dr. …

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Pork Producers Set 2020 Priorities

Cindy Zimmerman

The president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is celebrating progress made in 2019 despite the challenges and setting priorities for 2020. On a call with reporters Wednesday, NPPC president David Herring of Lillington, NC pointed to both USMCA and the recent Japan agreement as successes in 2019 for pork producers, and getting the China phase one deal across …

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NPPC Launches Pork O’Clock Somewhere

Cindy Zimmerman

What would Jimmy Buffett do for a pulled pork sandwich in paradise? The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has launched a new campaign, “It’s Pork O’ Clock Somewhere,” to highlight the importance and benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. The campaign focuses on pork and the many ways it’s enjoyed across North America. “Ratification of USMCA is the top …

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New Pig Farmer of the Year is From Pennsylvania

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America’s Pig Farmer of the Year for 2019-2020 is Chris Hoffman from McAlisterville, Pennsylvania. The award recognizes the pig farmers who exemplify industry leadership, a demonstrated focus in raising pigs following the We Care ethical principles and a commitment to connecting consumers with the farmers who raise the pork they consume. Hoffman was named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year …

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USDA Urged to Establish Foot and Mouth Vaccine Bank

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University are urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move quickly to establish a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank. At a press conference Tuesday, the groups recognized steps USDA has already taken to establish the bank, but called for “expedient …

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Ag Groups Cheer Japan Agreement

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Representatives for farmer and rancher organizations were present for a meeting with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe in New York City as the two signed a trade deal Wednesday worth billions for U.S. agricultural producers. Under the market access agreement, Japan will open the market to approximately $7 billion in American agricultural exports, eliminating or significantly lowering …

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