Taiwan restrictions continue to hamper U.S. pork exports

Recently, Taiwan adopted a maximum residue level (MRL) for ractopamine residues in imported as well as domestic beef, however left intact the nation’s ban on pork from hogs that receive ractopamine. FULL STORY »

National Pork Board Responds to HSUS Lawsuit

"I find it unusual that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is filing suit now over a decision that was made and approved more than six years ago," said Chris Novak, National Pork Board chief executive officer said, regarding a lawsuit citing USDA and the U.S. secretary of agriculture. FULL STORY »

HSUS files suit against USDA; Targets NPPC funding

Ratcheting up its pressure on the U.S. pork sector, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a lawsuit on Monday against USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. HSUS is specifically targeting the transfer of and payment for the advertising slogan “Pork. The Other White Meat” from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to the National Pork Board (NPB) as an “unlawful” act. FULL STORY »

NPPC issues call to action: Waive the RFS

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is urging U.S. pork producers and their employees to explain to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) how waiving the Renwable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandate will benefit your business. FULL STORY »

Pork producers address issues in WDC

Farmers and ranchers flooded the nation’s Capital last week not just due to the “Farm Bill Now!” rally, but pork producers from across the nation visited with their senators and representatives on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), the 2012 Farm Bill and more. FULL STORY »

NPPC announces 2012 "Friend of Pork" award winner

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) presented Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., with the “Friend of Pork” award at its fall legislative conference. FULL STORY »

NAHMS Swine 2012 Study enters phase II

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has completed phase I of the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) focused on swine. It is now entering phase II, and organizers need pork producers’ help. FULL STORY »

Senators ask EPA to waive the RFS

On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of 25 senators joined 156 House lawmakers in urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) that mandates specific levels of corn-ethanol to be blended into gasoline. FULL STORY »

HSUS ads spotlight gestation-sow stalls

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has initiated a web-based ad campaign this week that targets U.S. pork producers using gestation-sow stalls. The ad zeroes in on a recent comment that a National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) spokesperson made regarding gestation-stall housing, as reported by the National Journal. FULL STORY »

NPPC wants Taiwan to end ractopamine ban

National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has asked U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to make clear to Taiwan that lifting the ractopamine ban for beef and not for pork will result in delayed trade talks between the two nations. FULL STORY »

EPA removes CAFO reporting requirements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has eliminated the requirement that a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) owner or operator that “proposes to discharge” must apply for a permit, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). FULL STORY »

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