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·         Media Release: NPPC Elects New Officers, Board Members

·         Media Release: NPPC Approves Resolutions On Important Issues

·         NPPC praises USDA’s ASF increased control actions

 

 

NPPC Elects New Officers, Board Members

 

Source: National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) 

Mar 8, 2019

 

ORLANDO, Fla., March 8, 2019 – The National Pork Producers Council today elected new officers and members to its board of directors at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held here.

 

Elected as president of the organization was David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C. He is vice president of Hog Slat, which supplies equipment to pork operations, and of TDM Farms. Herring and his two brothers started the farm in 1983 as a feeder pig operation. Today, TDM Farms is a sow farrow-to-finish operation, with farms in North Carolina, Illinois and Indiana. Herring is a past president of the North Carolina Pork Council.

 

Herring takes over from Jim Heimerl, a producer from Johnstown, Ohio, who becomes NPPC immediate past president and chairman of the organization's Trade Committee.

 

Howard AV Roth, a hog farmer from Wauzeka, Wis., was elevated to president-elect. A fifth-generation farmer, he owns and operates Roth Feeder Pigs. In addition to serving on the NPPC board for the past seven years, Roth previously was on the Wisconsin Pork Association board of directors and currently serves as chairman of the association's Swine Health Committee.

 

Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms, was elected by the NPPC board of directors to be vice president.

 

Lori Stevermer of Easton, Minn., and Russell Vering of Howells, Nebraska, were elected as new members of the board for a three-year term. Mark Cooper of Des Moines, Iowa, was elected to a three-year term and will serve as the board's Packer and Processor Industry Council representative.

 

They join current directors Craig Andersen, of Centerville, S.D., Phil Borgic, of Nokomis, Ill., Scott Hayes, of Monroe City, Mo., Dale Reicks of New Hampton, Iowa, Dr. Gordon Spronk, of Pipestone, Minn., Duane Stateler of McComb, Ohio, Kraig Westerbeek, of Warsaw, N.C. and Terry Wolters of Pipestone, Minn.

 

Elected for two-year terms to NPPC's Nominating Committee were Jay Moore of Jackson, Minn., and Neill Westerbeek of Clinton, North Carolina.

 

"David, AV and Jen have a lot of good experience and leadership that will benefit NPPC and our producers greatly," said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks. "And with the addition of our new board members, NPPC again has a strong team guiding our work of protecting the livelihoods of America's pork producers."

 

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NPPC is the global voice for the U.S. pork industry, protecting the livelihoods of America's 60,000 pork producers, who abide by ethical principles in caring for their animals, in protecting the environment and public health and in providing safe, wholesome, nutritious pork products to consumers worldwide. For more information, visit www.nppc.org.

 

 

NPPC Approves Resolutions On Important Issues

 

Source: National Pork Producers Council (NPPC)

Mar 8, 2019

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2019 – At the annual business meeting of the National Pork Producers Council – the National Pork Industry Forum held March 7-8 in Orlando, Fla. – NPPC delegates adopted several important resolutions, including those that call on NPPC to:

 

•           Strengthen pork industry efforts to prevent foreign animal diseases (FADs) from entering the United States. Separate resolutions were adopted, directing NPPC to: work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration on restricting imports of soy-based animal feed products from countries with a high risk of transmitting FADs; urge USDA and other public and private research institutions to evaluate FAD virus viability in pig feed and feedstuffs and to develop hold times for imported feed; and work with the National Pork Board, USDA, FDA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on coordinating with Canada and Mexico development of practices to protect the North American swine herd from FADs. A related resolution calls for exploring options for mitigating the impact of diseases on the pork industry and to review disease monitoring and control efforts.

 

•           Work for a change to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Hours of Service (HOS) rules that allows livestock haulers to not have counted against their "on-duty" time periods when animals are being loaded and unloaded, when they must remain in their trucks. The HOS regulation limits certain commercial truckers to 14 consecutive hours of on-duty times; drivers reaching that limit then must take a 10-hour rest break. For biosecurity reasons, many livestock haulers must remain in their trucks during loading and unloading of animals.

 

•           Urge the U.S. Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security to expand visas to allow foreign workers to stay in the United State longer so farm operations have a more reliable work force. U.S. agriculture currently is facing a severe labor shortage.

 

•           Monitor USDA and FDA to ensure the agencies are transparent throughout the development, production and harvest of laboratory-produced cultured protein (L-PCP). The agencies recently agreed to joint oversight of L-PCP, with FDA overseeing cell collection, cell banks and cell growth and differentiation and USDA overseeing the production and labeling of food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry.

 

•           Identify existing and emerging pork industry issues and the funding needs to address them. Recommendations, including budget requirements, are to be provided to state associations prior to the 2020 Pork Forum.

 

"These resolutions reflect the concerns of the U.S. pork industry and the efforts we need to take to protect the livelihoods of producers," said NPPC President David Herring. "NPPC will work with Congress, the Trump administration and others to tackle these and other issues of importance to our industry."

 

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NPPC is the global voice for the U.S. pork industry, protecting the livelihoods of America's 60,000 pork producers, who abide by ethical principles in caring for their animals, in protecting the environment and public health and in providing safe, wholesome, nutritious pork products to consumers worldwide. For more information, visit www.nppc.org.

 

 

NPPC praises USDA’s ASF increased control actions

 

By Ashley Williams, GlobalMeatNews

08-Mar-2019

 

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has hailed the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for ramping up safeguards against African swine fever (ASF) entering the country.

 

The appraisal was in response to USDA’s undersecretary of agriculture, Greg Ibach, introducing new measures​ to “intensify multi-agency efforts towards the prevention of ASF’s entry into the United States​.”

 

The increased measures taken by the USDA to stop ASF from affecting the US pork industry include working with Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to add 60 additional beagle teams for a total of 179 beagles at key US airports and sea ports.

 

The co-ordination with the CBP will also include the expansion of arrival screenings to check cargos for illegal pork products and ensure travellers who pose an ASF risk receive secondary agricultural inspection.

 

Other measures include collaborations with officials in Canada and Mexico on a co-ordinated approach to ASF defence response and trade maintenance.

 

The NPPC said it believed that the risk of ASF was growing, as outbreaks continued throughout China and other parts of Asia...

 

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