Beefing Up Border Biosecurity Gets Boost from Congress

The headlines tell the story: “Pigs killed in droves as African swine fever wreaks havoc across the globe,” reads one from the New York Daily News. “A terrible pandemic is killing pigs around the world, and U.S. pork producers fear they could be hit next,” reads another from The Washington Post. African swine fever, a disease affecting only pigs with …

Keeping Up the Pressure on Foot-and-Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank

The U.S. livestock industry provides millions of U.S. jobs and accounts for nearly 6 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Thanks to continued diligence by USDA and the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, we have been able to keep numerous foreign animal diseases outside our borders. NPPC is working hard to ensure that vigilance continues, and that …

Pork Priorities Await Congress This Fall

The halls of Capitol Hill are quiet right now, as lawmakers have returned to their districts for the August recess. However, in just a few weeks, our elected officials will be back in Washington, D.C., to tackle a slew of topics this fall. NPPC has a number of pressing issues we’d like Congress to address and wanted to highlight for …

Remaining Vigilant To Ensure African Swine Fever Remains Outside U.S.

We have reached an auspicious anniversary—it’s been one year since African swine fever (ASF) was reported in China’s swine herd. It has been estimated that the number of sows China has lost to ASF is more than the entire U.S. sow herd. While this deadly disease–affecting only pigs and with no human health or food safety risks–has thankfully not made …

‘An Appreciation for All Things Swine’

As my summer communications internship with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) draws to a close, I’ve come to deeply appreciate the perspectives on the pork industry I’ve acquired while in DC. As a student at Iowa State University, I’ve spent the previous two years in close proximity to hog production, celebrating pork through ISU’s Bacon Expo, and various Block …

The National Swine Inspection Service and Gene Editing Provide Opportunity to Modernize

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed New Swine Inspection Service (NSIS) is part of a continuous effort by the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to ensure a safe supply of wholesome American pork. A voluntary program supported by many years of research, NSIS aims to improve the inspection process by shifting FSIS employees’ responsibilities to focus on …

Pork Producers Missing ‘Single Greatest Sales Opportunity’ in China Due to Trade Dispute

“It has been estimated that China will lose more pork [as a result of African swine fever] than the United States produces.” That estimate is according to Dr. Dermot Hayes, an economist at Iowa State University. China is the largest consumer of pork in the world. However, its swine herd has been ravaged by ASF, significantly reducing domestic production and …

HOW CAN THE U.S. GET GENE EDITING SO RIGHT FOR PLANTS AND SO WRONG FOR ANIMALS?

HOTH was delighted to see the USDA’s announcement this week that they are taking a commonsense, pro-farmer approach to regulating gene editing in plants.   Pork producers are very excited about the potential offered by gene editing, and—at least for those who also grow crops—this means that precisely edited plants like corn and soybeans will soon be available that will be …

WAPO Gets it Wrong on Pork Inspection

HOTH was disappointed to read a Washington Post story this week on a new pork inspection system under USDA consideration. The new system, one that has been tested and scrutinized for years, is designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the federal inspection process and to provide more flexibility for adopting new food-safety technologies. Dr. Dan Kovich, NPPC director of …