For The Week Ending March 21, 2014
NPPC HOSTS SWINE HEALTH CONFERENCE IN VIETNAM
NPPC hosted a swine health conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, this week as part of its ongoing efforts to collaborate with trading partners and pursue capacity building initiatives. The event brought together representatives from industry, government and academia to discuss the importance to the United States and Vietnam of preventing swine diseases and building a healthy swine herd. The conference was introduced by Dwight Wilder, Agriculture Attaché at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. A representative from Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) also delivered opening remarks. Other speakers included Dr. Bob Rowland, Kansas State University researcher and internationally recognized porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome (PRRS) expert; and NPPC President Dr. Howard Hill, who gave an overview of the U.S. pork industry, including biosecurity measures, animal safety and welfare and the industry’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus program. NPPC partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Vietnam’s MARD, the Animal Husbandry Association of Vietnam and the Vietnam Veterinary Association. The United States and Vietnam are parties to the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations. In another great stride for the bilateral trade relationship, Vietnam in February lifted its ban on imports of “white offal.” As the partnership between Vietnam and the United States grows, NPPC will continue to promote capacity building events and initiatives.
NATIONAL AG DAY TO BE HELD ON CAPITOL HILL NEXT WEEK
The 2014 National Ag Day will be held March 25 in Washington, D.C. Among the many activities are an educational briefing, luncheon, panel discussion, reception and dinner at USDA. Also, a statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug, known as the father of the Green Revolution, will be dedicated in the National Statuary Hall of Fame in the U.S. Capitol. Newly-elected NPPC President Dr. Howard Hill, a pork producer and veterinarian from Cambridge, Iowa, will be in town for the events. Click here for more information.
NPPC LEGISLATIVE ‘FLY-IN’ SET FOR APRIL
NPPC will hold its spring Legislative Action Conference April 2-3 in Washington, D.C. The biannual “fly-in” draws from around the country more than 120 pork producers, who lobby their congressional lawmakers on issues of importance to the U.S. pork industry. For more information, contact Gwen Bingham at 202-347-3600.