Iowa Pig Farmers Donate 3,500 Pork Loins
Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation held the fourth annual Pork Loin Giveaway on December 17, giving away 3,500 free pork loin roasts to local Des Moines-area families in need.
House, Senate Pass Tax Extenders
Section 179 of the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014” allows agricultural producers to write off capital expenditures in the year that purchases are made rather than depreciate them over time while providing a way to maximize business purchases in years when producers have positive cash flow.
Illinois Farmers Donate 10,000 lbs. of Pork
The Illinois Pork Producers Association along with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the Illinois Soybean Association recently presented a check for $9,500 to the Midwest Food Bank, providing 10,000 pounds of ground pork. Click here to read more.
Pig Farmers Named ‘Faces of Farming’
NPPC congratulates Illinois pig farmer Thomas Titus and Iowa pig farmer Erin Brenneman on being named U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s Faces of Farming & Ranching. Click here to meet the other winners.
NPPC Wants ‘Waters Of The U.S.’ Rule Withdrawn
Because it has “numerous and substantial flaws,” a rule proposed by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intended to clarify their authority under the federal Clean Water Act over various waters should be withdrawn, said NPPC.
Indiana Pork Donates 30,000 Meals
Indiana Pork recently donated 7,500 lbs. of ground pork (30,000 quarter lb. meals) to Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis.The pork will be distributed to food pantries across the state. Click here to read more.
NPPC Urges White House, Congress To Fix COOL Law
Following the release of the World Trade Organization’s decision on the U.S. meat labeling law, NPPC urged the Obama administration and Congress to fix the law to avoid trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico. Click here to read more.
Statement on TPP
NPPC thanks U.S. trade officials for working to achieve an outcome in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that would benefit all sectors of the American economy, including agriculture. At the same time, we express our disappointment in Japan’s continuing rejection of the fundamental terms of a successful TPP agreement. Click here to read more.
Champion of Change
Second-generation Indiana pork farmer Beth Tharp was recognized as a White House Champion of Change. The program honors ”Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.”
New Industry Audit Platform Announced
The National Pork Board announced plans for a new common industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors. The program will use the existing Pork Quality Assurance® Plus program as its foundation and expand on it to serve as a common audit platform for the pork industry. Click here to learn more.