By the National Pork Producers Council (NCCP)
For the Week Ending April 12, 2019
PRODUCERS SEEK TRADE, ANIMAL DISEASE PREVENTION AND LABOR SOLUTIONS
NPPC this week hosted its Spring Legislative Action Conference where more than 100 U.S. pork producers gathered in Washington to meet with their representatives in Congress. Topics of discussion included solutions for trade, animal disease preparedness and agriculture's labor shortage. Producers urged their representatives to:
CANCELS WORLD PORK EXPO 2019
The NPPC board of directors this week announced its decision to cancel World Pork Expo 2019 out of an abundance of caution as African swine fever (ASF) continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia. World Pork Expo, held each June at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, hosts approximately 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from ASF-positive regions. African swine fever affects only pigs and presents no human health or food safety risks. There is currently no vaccine to treat the swine disease. NPPC appreciates the widespread support from its members and so many U.S. pork stakeholders for this difficult decision. Our top priority is the health of the U.S. swine herd and the livelihoods of America's pork producers. For a list of frequently asked questions on the cancellation World Pork Expo, click here.
The U.S. Census of Agriculture, issued every five years, was released on Thursday. The 2017 Census of Agriculture highlights demographic shifts since the 2012 survey. It provides data on trends in farm size and consolidation and serves as a tool to help communicate the benefits of agriculture to local economies. Survey results show there were 64,871 operations with hog sales in 2017, up nearly 9,000 since 2012. Additionally, 50.2% of total farm sales in the U.S. in 2017 were from animals and animal products as was the case in 2002 and 2007, but not 2012.