AFBF, NPPC File Prop. 12 Appeal to Supreme Court

Earlier this week, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take their case against California’s Proposition 12. The California law would ban the sale of pork from hogs that don’t meet the state’s “arbitrary” production standards. The appeal to the high court comes after the […]

Federal Court Rejects NPPC Challenge to Prop 12 in California

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals turned down the National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau’s petition to strike down Proposition 12 as unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause. “We are disappointed in the court’s decision and stand by our position on Proposition 12,” said NPPC spokesman Jim Monroe. “It’s a clear violation of the […]

Dominican Republic Confirmed Positive for African Swine Fever

The USDA announced this week that the Dominican Republic has confirmed cases of African swine fever. The cases were confirmed as part of a cooperative surveillance program between the United States and the Dominican Republic. The United States remains free of ASF, an animal disease affecting only pigs with no human health implications, and imports […]

USMEF Working With Local Farmers To Promote “Buy Local” in Mexico

When the coronavirus pandemic started in March and April of last year, it sparked an increase in the buy local movement in the U.S, as well as in Mexico. To try to capitalize on the renewed interest in knowing from where their food comes, The U.S. Meat Export Federation went outside the box to appeal […]

Agriculture Linked to U.S. Air Pollution Deaths

Air pollution is the largest environmental mortality risk in the U.S. The National Academy of Sciences says air pollution is responsible for 100,000 premature deaths every year, and one-fifth of those deaths are linked to agriculture. Scientists from five universities noted in the study that air quality is largely ignored in discussions on the health […]

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 […]