Hog Farmers Need Significant Help to Weather Crisis

As pork producers adapt to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, they encounter more obstacles. From hogs backed up on farms due to ongoing bottlenecks in the supply chain, to the uncertainty of where the hogs will go next, some pork producers are barely hanging on. Many producers might not be able to survive the long road ahead back to “normal.” …

Turning of the Tide?

U.S. pork producers take great pride in the special responsibility they hold in keeping America’s kitchens supplied with an affordable and healthy source of nutritious protein. While COVID-19 challenges have taken a significant toll on U.S. hog farmers, they continue to persevere and there are glimmers of hope. In late April, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA), which …

NPPC Response to January 5, 2020, 60 Minutes Story

In October 2019, journalist Lesley Stahl conducted an 80-minute interview with Dr. Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). The “60 Minutes” story that aired on Jan. 5, 2020, included less than two minutes of Dr. Wagstrom’s comments and failed to include critical information about modern pork production. The U.S. pork industry has an excellent food …

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 …