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JBS S.A. Owner Accuses Brazilian President of Corruption

      JBS S.A. owner Joesley Batista was quoted saying the president of Brazil is “the head of the most dangerous criminal organization in Brazil” during an interview with magazine Revista Época on Saturday.   President Michel Temer responded back with an official statement stating: “The government will not be prevented from investigating and

NPPC Joins Ports Coalition on Contract Extension Letter

  NPPC last week signed onto a letter from the Ports Coalition, of which it is a member, applauding the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) for agreeing to early discussions on a contract extension that will allow ports on the West Coast to operate without interruption. PMA provided ILWU

Withdraw ‘GIPSA’ Rule, Say NPPC, Pork Producers

  The National Pork Producers Council in comments submitted Monday again urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withdraw a regulation related to the buying and selling of livestock. It also delivered to the agency comments from 630 pork producers and others in the pork industry, opposing the regulation and asking that it be withdrawn.

Young Farmer Brings Livestock to the Family Farm

  Andy Gathman, a young farmer from Mason County and recent graduate from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, has found ways to come back to the family farm full time. Neighbors and members of the community joined to celebrate the opening of the Gathman’s new 2,400 head wean-to-finish pig barn at an Open House on

Higher Volumes of Pork Make Access to Export Markets Increasingly Important

Full Interview 7:08 Listen Farmscape for June 15, 2017 The Vice-President Pork Analysis with EMI Analytics says the higher volumes of pork being produced in the U.S. will make access to export markets increasingly important.   High U.S. slaughter hog numbers last fall stretched U.S. pork processing capacity to the limited but, since the fall,

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

Farmweld Hosts International Tour

  Farmweld hosted an International Tour of pork producers and veterinarians from five countries: China, Mexico, Myanmar, Vietnam and Ecuador on their way to World Pork Expo in Des Moines, IA.  Illinois Department of Agriculture arranges this tour every year to showcase Illinois agriculture businesses and create trade partners to increase exports. Illinois Department of

NPPC Calls for Withdrawal of GIPSA Rule

Full Interview 4:16 Listen Farmscape for June 13, 2017 The National Pork Producers Council has renewed its call for the Trump administration to withdraw the GIPSA rule, a regulation related to the buying and selling of livestock in the United States.   The National Pork Producers Council, in comments submitted yesterday on an interim final

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

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