Profit Tracker: Pork producer margins remain in the red

Although still mired deep in red ink, pork producer margins struggled to improve a bit last week. The small gain in production margins was a welcome change as margins have tumbled over the past several weeks. 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 »

ConAgra sets timeline to eliminate gestation stalls

ConAgra Foods wants its pork suppliers to eliminate the use of gestation-sow stalls. The company wants its pork suppliers to present actionable plans by 2017 that address both the elimination of gestation stalls and creation of traceability systems within the pork supply chain. The ultimate deadline is set for 2022. FULL STORY »

Retail pork supplier sets gestation-stall-free deadline at 2017

A major U.S. food distributor-- Atlantic Premium Brands Ltd.—wants its pork suppliers to eliminate gestation-sow stalls by 2017. Some of its retail clients include the grocery chains Walmart, HEB, Kroger, Costco, Win Dixie, Sam’s Club, Safeway, and SuperValu. FULL STORY »

International markets vital to U.S. pork industry

With livestock producers facing economic and financial challenges, the importance of maintaining and growing U.S. pork exports cannot be overstated. Ongoing efforts by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) are key to bolstering international demand. FULL STORY »

Nogueira to head JBS USA

JBS USA, a leading animal protein processor in the United States and Australia and a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS S.A., has announced that Andre Nogueira will become CEO of JBS USA effective Jan. 1, 2013. FULL STORY »

July pork exports trend lower; beef exports largest of 2012

July U.S. pork exports totaled 164,720 metric tons, down nearly 3 percent from a year ago while beef exports dipped moderately in volume, achieving their largest monthly total of 2012. FULL STORY »

Profit Tracker: Pork producer losses mount

Pork producer margins are headed in the wrong direction; meanwhile packers are gaining ground. Losses for farrow-to-finish producers more than doubled in a week, according to Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore. For the week ending Sept. 7, producers lost an average $29.01 per head. FULL STORY »

WTO has no standing to stop COOL, lawsuit says

A lawsuit filed in Denver last week claims the World Trade Organization has no authority to stop country-of-origin labeling provisions implemented by the United States. Plaintiffs include The Made in the USA Foundation and the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R-CALF). FULL STORY »

CAST: Animal health and food safety are linked Play video

The health of the animals within the food animal production system impacts many aspects of the system far removed from the animals, according to the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). Policymakers and consumers carefully need to consider their recommendations on how livestock should be raised because animal health is closely linked to public health, FULL STORY »

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