Ag groups call for consistent U.S./EU FTA

– A coalition of 40 food and agricultural organizations, including the National Pork Producers Council, has sent a letter to the Obama administration and Congress, regarding a proposed free trade-agreement between the United States and the European Union. The concern is that it might fall short of long-established U.S. objectives for trade pacts. FULL STORY »

Philippines to lift pork import barrier

United States and the Philippines have finally resolved details that have limited U.S. poultry and meat products, including pork from entering the country. The longstanding issues have been associated with a Philippines’ administrative order – or AO. FULL STORY »

Senate farm bill hearing focuses on risks

Senate Agriculture Committee held farm bill hearings last week, marking its fourth in a series. This one focused on “Risk Management and Commodities in the 2012 Farm Bill,” specifically the discussion centered on the need for and cost effectiveness of risk-management tools for farmers and the federal government's potential role. FULL STORY »

Christian inducted into NPPC Hall of Fame

For more than 50 years Christian was responsible for the success of the hog herd at Iowa State University, where the farm now bears his name – the Allen E. Christian Swine Teaching Farm. FULL STORY »

NPPC adopts proposed resolutions

Proceedings of the 2012 U.S. National Pork Industry Forum held March 1-3 in Denver, included passage of ten resolutions for consideration by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). FULL STORY »

NPPC elects new officers, board members

Taking over as president of the National Pork Producers Council is R.C. Hunt, a producer from Wilson, N.C. Hunt is the president and co-owner of Andrews Hunt Farms. FULL STORY »

Ag Day dialogue to address future of food and farming

On March 7, ahead of Ag Day, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will present a live-streaming, on-line discussion about the future of food and farming. FULL STORY »

Pork Forum to assess strategic plan

The National Pork Board will meet in Denver, Colo., with the chairs of its nine producer-led committees on Feb. 29 and March 1 to assess progress in meeting the goals laid out in the group’s five-year strategic plan. FULL STORY »

U.S./South Korea FTA begins March 15

After five years of negotiations, inside and outside of the United States, the U.S. and South Korea Free-trade agreement (FTA), has completed the last step in its approval process. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced on Tuesday, that the KORUS FTA will be implemented on March 15. FULL STORY »

Pork groups respond to McDonald’s gestation-stall policy

McDonald's Corp. has announced that it will develop a plan to transition its pork supply away from farmers who use conventional gestation-sow stalls. Both the National Pork Board (NPB) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offered a response. FULL STORY »

UEP: Consumers support federal egg-housing bill

American consumers support the proposed federal legislation standardizing housing for laying hens, according to a study commissioned by United Egg Producers (UEP). UEP joined the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) last week in presenting Congress with a bill that, if passed, would create the first federal standards of farm-animal housing. FULL STORY »

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