NPPC launches “you’re essential, so it’s essential” COVID vaccination campaign


By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield

February 18, 2021


The National Pork Producers Council has launched a campaign encouraging the more than 500,000 people who work in the pork industry to get the COVID-19 vaccine.


NPPC CEO Neil Dierks says he hopes the “you’re essential, so it’s essential” message resonates with farmers, veterinarians, livestock haulers, processing employees, and other workers along the pork supply chain.


“NPPC is supportive of us all getting vaccinations. That’s why we put the campaign together to build awareness not only with the individuals to get the vaccine, but also those businesses in our industry to make resources available to them to help answer questions.”


He tells Brownfield...





APHIS Deploys Employees to Support COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts


By Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork 

February 18, 2021


President Joe Biden recently announced his goal of distributing 100 million COVID-19 vaccines to Americans in the first 100 days of his Administration. On Wednesday, USDA shared its plan to deploy 119 qualified personnel across several states to assist in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.


“The U.S. pork industry takes its role as an essential economic sector seriously and has made considerable investments to ensure the safety of its workers while maintaining its commitment to the nation’s food security. Of course, vaccination is the best defense against COVID-19 and we are grateful to the USDA for making personnel available to accelerate this national priority," National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President Howard “A.V.” Roth, a pork producer from Wauzeka, Wis., said in a statement on Thursday.


The majority of APHIS’ deployed employees were assigned to Nevada and Oklahoma...