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Secretary Purdue Announces MOU and Official Collaboration with SCORE

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE, the nation’s largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers. This agreement provides new help resources for beginning ranchers, veterans, women, socially disadvantaged Americans and others, providing new tools to help them both grow and

U.S. Pork Gains Long-Awaited Access to Argentine Market

    The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds the Trump administration for negotiating U.S. pork access to the Argentine market. Argentina was among several countries with non-science based barriers to U.S. pork imports. With today’s White House announcement, trade-dependent U.S. pork producers now have unfettered access to this large pork-consuming nation.   “U.S. pork

MPPA President Testifies at U.S. House Ag Committee Listening Session on Farm Bill

Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) president, Jay Moore and National Pork Producers Council board member, Jim Compart, advocated on behalf of MPPA and the  U.S. pork industry on policy interests at FarmFest in Redwood Falls, Minn., on Thursday, August 4. Moore was a witness at the Farm Bill listening session, Conversations in the Field, hosted by the

Ahead of NAFTA Negotiations, 55 Public University Ag Deans Express Strong Support for Continued Robust U.S. Agricultural Exports

Ahead of Wednesday’s U.S.-Canada-Mexico discussions on adjustments to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a group of 55 agriculture deans from public universities across the country today sent a letter U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, as well as Assistant U.S. Trade Negotiator

Trade Disagreements Mount Between U.S. and China

  President Trump is expected to soon issue a memorandum on China’s intellectual property and trade practices. The memo would prompt an investigation by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative into these trade practices and could result in retaliation from China. According to reports, China has readied a retaliatory response that includes measures against

Food, Agriculture, Welfare and Sustainability Experts to Judge 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Finalists

  In its ongoing effort to build consumer trust and foster greater transparency about U.S. pork production methods, the National Pork Board today announced its expert judging panel for the 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM. The award, now in its third year, recognizes a pig farmer who best represents the ethical principles of U.S.

Farrow-to-Finish Farm Re-Populates Using 100 Percent Hypor Genetics

Hypor is working with a farrow-to-finish farm in South Central Iowa to repopulate using 100 percent Hypor genetics. Morris Yoder, the owner of Soggy Bottom Farm in Weldon, Iowa, selected to use Hypor’s genetics after ending farrowing production more than one year ago due to disease challenges. “Mr. Yoder decided to use Hypor sows because

Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on Meeting with USDA Secretary Perdue

  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue met with Minnesota farmers, business leaders and others on Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap’s farm. “It was an honor to host Secretary Perdue on our farm. He has made it very clear that he wants to hear from farmers and ranchers who have

Maintaining Zero Tariff Rate on Pork Top Priority of U.S. Producers During NAFTA Renegotiation

Full Interview 6:21 Listen  Farmscape for August 8, 2017 The National Pork Producers Council says maintaining zero tariffs on the movement of pork is the top priority of U.S. pork producers as the U.S., Canada and Mexico move to modernize NAFTA.   The first round of talks involving Canada, the United States and Mexico aimed

Keys to a Successful Advisor Relationship

A good risk management advisor can be a valuable asset for agriculture producers, especially during volatile markets. As prices and margins swing widely, threatening short-term cash flows and long-term margins, it can be particularly helpful to have a partner who provides objective and sound guidance with your marketing decisions. But if you’ve ever heard a

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