Proceedings of the 2012 U.S. National Pork Industry Forum held March 1-3 in Denver, included passage of the following resolutions for consideration by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).
The resolutions adopted include:
- That NPPC encourages cooperation across all segments of the food chain to develop workable sustainability guidelines that take into account food security, economic, ethical and environmental issues from the farm to the table.
- The NPPC opposes any federally mandated animal production systems.
- The NPPC work with the USDA and the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) to resolve pig welfare issues that develop when FSIS inspectors hold slaughter plant operations without warning.
- The NPPC will work with the Risk Management Agency (RMA) to develop a risk management tool that would allow producers to insure against a catastrophic event caused by the outbreak of a foreign animal disease.
- The NPPC encourages packers to offer electronic funds transfer as a form of payment for market hogs.
- The NPPC supports parents’ rights on determining work endeavors on farms that are appropriate for children and supports programs and organizations that actively involve youth in agriculture.
- The NPPC supports approval and use of technology that allows continued and potentially expanded use of coal, fossil fuels and high capacity transmission lines.
- The NPPC, in response to recent challenges and questions relating to sow housing options, supports a comprehensive study and evaluation of current housing options. This will be accomplished through a thorough evaluation of existing literature and determination if additional research is needed. The review will rely on leading experts from the fields of animal well-being, animal science, and veterinary medicine. The findings will be submitted to the delegates at the 2014 National Pork Forum.
- The NPPC will work to eliminate distance restrictions, utilize weight limits as per road traveled and secure clear exemptions from Federal Department of Transportation rules and regulations for farmers/private individuals that are hauling their own property and are operating not-for-hire.
In addition, a complimentary resolution passed acknowledging the excellent leadership of Doug Wolf, Wisconsin producer. Over the past year, Wolf has provided direction, thoughtful leadership, and substantial time to the national pork industry as a member of the board, committees and during the last year as NPPC President.
Doug, during his many travels has always considered the needs of his fellow pork producers as a top priority. Wolf played an important role in guiding NPPC through passage of three free trade agreements, a robust discussion about feed availability and expanding the global voice of the pork industry. He did this with patience and understanding that all sides of an issue should be considered.
The state of Wisconsin greatly appreciates Doug’s time and efforts contributed to leading the state pork association, participating in countless committees, and offering significant volunteer time to further the cause of pork producers.
Doug remains committed to his family, his business, his employees, his industry, his faith and his many other activities.
The leaders and staff of the National Pork Producers Council on behalf of the nation’s pork industry extend sincere gratitude to Doug Wolf for all he has contributed to the pork industry at the local, state, and national levels.