Wrapping Up at World Pork Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

After torrential downpours over night, it’s pretty quiet here on the last day of World Pork Expo. We had some serious rain during the day yesterday, but it all cleared up just in time for the bands to start playing and the roasted hogs to come out. National Pork Producers Association CEO Neil Dierks says the expo was excellent this …

Audio, GIPSA, NPPC, World Pork Expo

Korean Ambassador Urges Passage of FTA

Cindy Zimmerman

The Korean ambassador to the United States says “time is running out” for Congress to approve pending free trade agreements and “the stakes are high.” Ambassador Han Duk-soo was the keynote speaker at the National Pork Producers Council Strategic Investment Program luncheon at World Pork Expo on Thursday. He encouraged pork producers to “not let up” in urging Congress to …

Audio, NPPC, Pork, World Pork Expo

Pork Producers Talk Issues at Pork Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

National Pork Producers Council leaders conducted the traditional first day World Pork Expo press conference this morning to discuss issues of importance to the industry. Among the bigger issues is expanding international markets for U.S. pork by getting Congress to pass the three pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. “We need new and expanded markets,” said NPPC …

Audio, NPPC, Pork, Trade, World Pork Expo

Waiting for GIPSA

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s been 11 months since it was first published and six months since the comment period ended, but it will be several more months yet before USDA makes a decision on the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule. “There were 66,000 comments, about 30,000 of which are unique,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told an agriculture committee meeting …

Beef, GIPSA, Government, NCBA, NPPC, USDA

Agriculture Excited About Colombia Free Trade News

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s taken over four years to get to this point, but some action is finally happening on the Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) and U.S. agriculture interests are thrilled. President Obama announced today that an agreement has been reached on the deal that was signed by the U.S. Trade Representative and the Colombian trade minister on Nov. 22, 2006. The …

AFBF, Beef, Government, NCBA, NCGA, NPPC, Trade, USDA

Informa GIPSA Rule Study Results

Chuck Zimmerman

This morning at the NAFB convention a press conference was held the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the National Turkey Federation (NTF) and the National Meat Association (NMA) to release the results of an economic analysis of USDA’s proposed livestock and poultry marketing regulation – the so-called GIPSA rule. I’ve posted the audio of …

Ag Group, Audio, GIPSA, NCBA, NPPC

Pork Producers Have 7 Reasons to Oppose GIPSA

Cindy Zimmerman

With just two weeks before the comment period deadline remaining, the National Pork Producers Council is calling on consumers to join with meat producers in opposing the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule and they have come up with seven reasons why they should: No. 1 It’s a solution in search of a problem. The rule is …

Beef, GIPSA, Government, NCBA, NPPC, Pork

Pork and Beef Panels On GIPSA

Chuck Zimmerman

Since the livestock industry is so important to our country as well as just about every other sector of agriculture you can’t get enough on a subject that has major implications for its future. That would be the proposed rule by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). You can follow back through our posts on this topic using …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, GIPSA, NCBA, NPPC, Pork