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CoBank: Pork Industry Expanding in Response to Rising Global Demand, Strong Profitability

Strong profitability and rising global demand create a strong incentive for U.S. pork processors to expand capacity. The impending increase in demand for hog supplies will create favorable terms for producers, while intensified competition among processors could lead to a short-term compression in packer margins, according to a new report from CoBank. “U.S. pork packing

Minneapolis Public Schools, AchieveMpls and Cargill partner to boost local career and college readiness by 2020

  As the school year wraps up, local partners are looking ahead with a focus on practical solutions to help close the achievement gap and prepare the future workforce. Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and AchieveMpls, in partnership with the Cargill Foundation, today announced a major three-year investment of $4 million for MPS Advancement Via Individual

USDA: Rural Counties Would Gain Jobs from Increased Demand for Agricultural Exports

  U.S. agricultural exports support about 1.1 million full-time, civilian jobs, according to 2017 ERS estimates (based on 2015 data). A recent ERS study considered how U.S. employment might be affected if the demand for these exports increased even further. To find out, ERS researchers used a computational model of the U.S. economy to explore

NPPC Calls for Protection of Existing and Creation of New Free Trade Agreements

Full Interview 9:56 Listen Farmscape for June 14, 2017 The President of the National Pork Producers Council is calling on the U.S. to maintain and protect existing free trade agreements and to create new bilateral free trade agreements. The National Pork Producers Council has credited exports for allowing the U.S. pork indistry to move the

Market Access Key to Success of U.S. Pork Industry

  Full Interview 9:56 Listen Farmscape for June 13, 2017 The President of the National Pork Producers Council says, with near record volumes of protein being produced in the United States, access to export markets will be critical to the continued success of the U.S. pork industry.   Trade was one of the top issues

Secure Pork Program Information Expected by Year End

  Full Interview 7:56 Listen Farmscape for June 12, 2017 The Director of Swine Health Programs with the National Pork Board says the implementation guide for a new foreign animal disease response program will be available to U.S. pork producers by the end of this year.   The U.S. pork industry’s Secure Pork Supply Plan

World Pork Expo 2017 an International Success

    Approximately 20,000 U.S. pork producers and other pork enthusiasts, including more than 1,000 guests from locations outside the United States, gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, this week for NPPC’s annual World Pork Expo. NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, President-Elect Jim Heimerl and NPPC board member Kraig Westerbeek opened the world’s largest pork-specific trade show

U.S., Mexico Sugar Deal Bodes Well for NAFTA ‘Modernization’

  U.S. and Mexican negotiators this week reached a deal in principle related to imports of sugar from Mexico, a development that bodes well for future talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. In a statement issued Monday, NPPC praised Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his team for reaching the deal, which addresses

MFU Sees Positive Progress for Agriculture in Legislative Session

  Tuesday May 30th, Governor Mark Dayton signed all of the spending bills passed by the 2017 legislature for the 2018-19 budget years. Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) was pleased to see many of the priorities the organization listed prior to session having positive outcomes for farmers including a strong agriculture budget, buffer and road ditch

Importance of Trade Agreements Highlighted During World Pork Expo

Full Interview 6:04 Listen Farmscape for June 9, 2017 The Chair of the National Pork Producers Council’s Trade Policy Committee says access to tariff free export markets has allowed the U.S. pork industry to move the United States from being a net importer of pork to the world’s largest pork exporter.   The importance of

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