For Livestock Producers, Vaccine Bank A Priority In 2023 Farm Bill

The livestock industry benefited from the 2018 Farm Bill, primarily with the development of a Food and Mouth Disease vaccine bank, as well as the establishment of the needed funding. Now as lawmakers look to start the crafting process of the 2023 Farm Bill, Allison Rivera of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says the vaccine […]

NASDA, NPPC, Applaud USDA Steps to Modernize Animal Biotech Regulations

Livestock and agriculture welcome the recent proposal to shift animal biotech regulations from the FDA to the USDA. The proposal, announced last week by the USDA would move the regulatory framework to the agency. In a statement, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture says, “Using the law as intended by Congress to bring […]

Biden Nominates Tai to be New U.S. Trade Representative

Last week, President-elect Joe Biden nominated Katherine Tai to be the new U.S. Trade Representative. She’s served as the chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee since 2017. Tai previously served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as the counsel for China Trade Enforcement. Howard Roth, National Pork Producers Council […]

USA Pork Producers Launch “Give-A-Ham” Food Program

Last week, the National Pork Producers Council launched the “Give-a-Ham” challenge. It’s a nationwide social media campaign encouraging hog farmers and those involved in the industry to donate pork to organizations that serve people living with food insecurity and then will challenge others to follow suit. The “Give-a-Ham” challenge will run through the end of […]

Concerns Remain Regarding Coronavirus Exposure At U.S. Meat Plants

Meat plant illnesses from the coronavirus are still rising, despite extensive efforts by the major packers to protect workers. According to an analysis by the Washington Post, the number of workers with COVID-19 at Tyson, Smithfield and JBS, increased dramatically from just over 3,000 a month ago to more than 11,000 at last count. During […]

Livestock Producers Describe Trade Headwinds to Congress

Livestock groups told the Senate Agriculture Committee they need certainty in trade.  During a hearing Wednesday, Livestock groups including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council told lawmakers they need certainty in trade.  The groups urged lawmakers to approve USMCA quickly.   NCBA President Jennifer Houston said the U.S. needs to […]