For The Week Ending Sept. 21, 2012
NPPC URGES RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD WAIVER COMMENTS
NPPC is urging pork industry representatives to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which requires a certain amount of corn ethanol to be blended into gasoline annually. With drought conditions in most of the Corn Belt their worst in more than 50 years and corn yields expected to drop significantly, NPPC, a number of other livestock and poultry groups, eight governors and 34 Senate and 156 House members have asked EPA to waive the federal mandate for the production of corn ethanol. NPPC is urging pork industry representatives to submit comments. To comment as a producer, click here. To comment as an employee, click here. To comment as an allied industry member, click here. Deadline to submit comments is Oct. 11, 2012.
FARM BILL LEFT TO EXPIRE, TO BE DEALT WITH AFTER NOV. ELECTION
As expected, Congress will leave town without passing either a new five-year Farm Bill or an extension of the current 2008 bill, which is set to expire Sept. 30. The House Agriculture Committee in mid-July approved a five-year Farm Bill; the Senate passed its 2012 Farm Bill in early July. The U.S. pork industry supports a new five-year bill, and NPPC will continue working with lawmakers to pass a bill when Congress is back for lame duck session in November. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said lawmakers will “deal with the Farm Bill after the election.” Click here to read NPPC’s letter in support of the Farm Bill.
CANADA AND MEXICO ASK FOR WTO BINDING ARBITRATION FOR MCOOL
Canada and Mexico this week asked for World Trade Organization (WTO) binding arbitration to determine a timeframe for the United States to implement the WTO Dispute Settlement ruling against its law requiring pork and beef to be labeled with the country of origin. In June, the WTO Appellate Body upheld a previous WTO dispute settlement panel ruling that the U.S. Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (MCOOL) law violates U.S. trade obligations under the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. The U.S. risks retaliation from Canada and Mexico, both of which filed complaints with the WTO over the U.S. labeling law, if it refuses to comply with the MCOOL ruling. In 2011, Mexico and Canada were the 2nd and 4th largest export markets, by value, for U.S. pork, with exports totaling $1.04 billion and $736 million, respectively.
NPPC PARTICIPATES IN UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA SWINE CONFERENCE
NPPC Chief Veterinarian Liz Wagstrom Saturday presented at the University of Minnesota Allen D. Leman Swine Conference on the challenges of antibiotic use in animal agriculture, including legislative, legal, regulatory and marketplace. The annual conference is internationally known for developing science-based solutions to the intricate challenges facing the swine industry. Hundreds of international participants attended the St. Paul conference.
CONGRESS, CAPITAL UPDATE TAKE BREAK
Congress will begin recess next week; Capital Update will not be published again until after the November elections.