After two days of reporting, discussions and caucusing, National Pork Producer Council Delegates voted on resolutions that set the course for the organization in 2009 and beyond.
“It was a productive session,” said out-going NPPC President Bryan Black, an Ohio pork producer. “The delegates engaged in discussion, and they clearly prioritized the ‘We Care’ program for the industry.” The “We Care” program received much discussion by NPPC and the Pork Act Delegates during the March 5-7 meeting. (See NPPC, NPB Emphasize Participation in ‘We Care’ Program.)
Here’s a look at some of the 14 resolutions that the delegates passed:
- A resolution that addresses the ethanol blenders’ credit and import tariffs. It opposes any additional increases to existing federal or state mandates for corn-based ethanol, as well as any future government incentives, including subsidies for cellulosic ethanol production from corn ethanol co-product.
- Oppose mandated ethanol inclusion rates that are higher than the current E-10 levels, if the ethanol feedstock is corn.
- Oppose Environmental Production Agency’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Regulatory Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the Clean Air Act.
- Recommend that all pork producers participate in Pork Quality Assurance Plus (or the age appropriate version for youth) and achieve site (assessment) status. The delegates and their production staffs will be required to be PQA Plus certified, including the on-farm assessment by the 2010 Pork Forum.
- Work with other industry sectors to advance the “We Care” program, clearly communicating the program’s fundamentals to producers, decision-makers and consumers; and to make it as well recognized as “Pork: the Other White Meat.”
- Assess market hog unloading procedures at packing plants and elsewhere to improve procedures and timeliness. The effort is to include input from USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service, processing plant personnel, trucking firms, producers and the scientific community. Another resolution addressed NPPC to advocate USDA to see that FSIS inspectors have animal-handling experience to better judge situations at the plant.
- Engage federal government officials and provide input to insure that country-of-origin labeling rules and its implementation do not cause harm to pork producers.
NPPC will hold its 2010 annual meeting at Pork Forum in Kansas City, Mo.