NPPC calls for end to foreign trade barriers

Pork producers and the U.S. economy are losing billions of dollars in exports because of non-science-based food safety and health barriers erected by foreign countries. "Those trade-restricting barriers must fall," Jim Boyer, a hog farmer from Ringsted, Iowa, told a House subcommittee Thursday. FULL STORY »

NPPC says radical animal-rights group not telling truth

“The undercover video from a Minnesota hog farm released Wednesday is from an animal rights group that has a goal of ending food-animal production in this country,” according to a statement from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). FULL STORY »

EPA withdraws farm database proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew a proposed rule that would have required large livestock and poultry farmers to report information about their operations and undermined court decisions related to producer obligations under the Clean Water Act (CWA). FULL STORY »

House farm bill addresses animal housing laws

Amidst the late-night wrangling that took place during the House Agriculture Committee’s final vote on its version of the 2012 Farm Bill, was an amendment presented by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, regarding interstate commerce and farm-animal housing standards. FULL STORY »

NPPC responds to HSUS emissions allegations

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is reviewing allegations made by Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) on Wednesday regarding pork production companies and “unreported” ammonia emissions, and released a statement. FULL STORY »

HSUS to sue six pork production companies

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports that it intends to sue a range of pork production companies, citing “unreported releases of hazardous pollutant ammonia” as the impetus for the legal action. However, peppered within its own news release are multiple references to gestation-sow stalls, adding a new dimension to its tactics against the housing system. FULL STORY »

CKE Restaurants set a 2022 no-gestation-stall deadline

Two more quick-serve restaurants have sent the message that they will work to phase out suppliers whose pork can be traced back to gestation-sow stalls. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are under the umbrella of CKE Restaurants. FULL STORY »

Manure part of the CERCLA discussion

Manure as a “hazardous material” reenters the political conversation periodically, and last week once again had a House committee listening to arguments. FULL STORY »

Pork industry comments on EPA emissions document

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on its Draft Document Related to the Development of Emissions Estimating Methodologies (EEM) for Lagoons and Basins for Swine and Dairy Feeding Operations. FULL STORY »

NPPC, ag groups defend checkoff programs

Agricultural groups including the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), have sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry defending the checkoff programs and urging leaders to oppose an amendment that would make checkoff programs voluntary. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Reading the temperature

World Pork Expo is a great time to gain some insight into the pork sector’s opportunities, challenges and plans. It’s also a good time to measure the overall temperature of those raising the pork that feeds the world as well as those who provide the industry's goods and services. FULL STORY »

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