NPPC Names New World Pork Expo GM

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has hired Sheila Warrick as the general manager of World Pork Expo. In her new position, Warrick will be responsible for the oversight and execution of the annual World Pork Expo, being held this year June 8-10, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. She will also serve as NPPC’s director of …

Ag Group, Events, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

Issues Facing Swine Producers in 2016

Chuck Zimmerman

I met Neil Dierks, CEO, National Pork Producers Council, in New Orleans and got to talk with him about issues facing swine producers this year. A big one has to do with food security. He says, “The world is shrinking. Globalization is real which means pathogens can cross borders very rapidly which can raise questions on health in the herds.” …

AASV, Ag Group, Animal Health, Audio, NPPC, Pork, Swine

WTO Announces $1.01 Billion in COOL Retaliation

Jamie Johansen

We anticipated this and now it’s here. The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced $1.01 billion retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods authorized in the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) with Canada and Mexico. The WTO has upheld multiple times our neighboring country’s claim that the label creates an unfair advantage to U.S. products. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee …

AFBF, Ag Group, Beef, COOL, NCBA, NFU, NMPF, NPPC, Pork, Trade, WTO

Pork Addresses Key Industry Issues

Jamie Johansen

This morning on day two of the 2015 World Pork Expo the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) hosted another press conference to address three issues impacting pork producers, swine businesses and organizations and the consumer. Dr. Howard Hill, NPPC past president, began the morning discussing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines that were released in February. He noted the committee did not …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, NPPC, Pork, Swine, Water, World Pork Expo

World Pork Kicks Off with Positive Forecast

Joanna Schroeder

World Pork Expo kicked off this morning in rainy conditions but the weather is not hampering the estimated 20,000 attendees coming through the gates this week for the largest international trade show dedicated to all things pigs. With more than 400 exhibitors plus dozens of educational events, this year is sure to be a winner. The National Pork Producers Council …

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

Industry Reacts to WTO COOL Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

Industry reaction to the World Trade Organization decision against the United States on the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law have been coming in steadily since the announcement was made earlier today. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson says they believe the situation can be handled by USDA. “Under the guidance of USDA, any changes to COOL to ensure …

Audio, Corn, Livestock, NPPC, Pork, Trade

NPPC President Elect Arrested at Capitol

Cindy Zimmerman

The president-elected of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) was arrested at the U.S. Capitol today 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 a concealed carry permit in South Carolina but the charge …

Government, NPPC, Pork

DOT Grants Livestock Haulers Exemption

Cindy Zimmerman

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation granted a one-year exemption for truck drivers hauling livestock and poultry from an hours-of-service rule that took effect last July 1. The regulation requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break after eight hours of service, which for drivers transporting livestock and poultry includes the hours of service loading and unloading animals. …

Ag Group, Audio, Livestock, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

BIVI Celebrates 20 Years of PRRS Solutions

Joanna Schroeder

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) celebrated 20 years of PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome) solutions during this year’s World Pork Expo. Reid Philips, DVM, technical manager for PRRS vaccines and BIVI outlined how far the swine industry has come in the last two decades in controlling the virus. Interestingly, Reid explained that in the 1980s when PRRS was first showing …

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

Innovation Galore 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, Trade, World Pork Expo