Producer delegates met during the 2005 Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Annual Meeting to conduct business, review programs and policies and discuss a number of resolutions.
Outgoing IPPA President Sam Carney addressed the delegates during his State of the Association speech and commented on the top issues throughout this past year, including Canadian trade, animal identification systems, a successful PRV eradication effort, record pork exports, strong domestic demand and the success of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers.
Carney also challenged members to become more involved in the IPPA and work to find solutions for difficult issues, as well as make consumer education and advocacy for today’s food production a top priority for Iowa pork producers.
IPPA Annual Meeting resolutions that passed include:
Adoption of antimicrobial use principles to help producers use antibiotics responsibly, support educational efforts to ensure that antimicrobials do not compromise food safety and support a rigorous U.S. Food and Drug Administration process which reviews the scientific data, evaluates product safety and approves antimicrobials for use in animals.
That the IPPA strongly supports a State of Iowa budget line item of $3.5 million to sustain the high quality of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State University
That the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) open a discussion with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to move the closing date of the Lean Hog Futures contracts to include 15 trading days of the month.
That the NPPC develop a policy manual that is updated and available to its members and affiliates by the 2006 NPPC Annual Meeting.
A resolution to combine the Pork Youth Ambassador Program and the Iowa Pork Queen Program was tabled.
The annual meeting is held in conjuntion with the Iowa Pork Congress.
Iowa Pork Producers Association