Congress Needs to Help Hog Farmers Still in Crisis

TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL PORK MONTH, HOTH IS TURNING OVER ITS AUTHORSHIP TO GUEST HOSTS TO OFFER UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES IN OUR SECTOR. THIS THIRD HOTH IS PENNED BY IOWA PORK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT-ELECT DENNIS LILJEDAHL.   Tell us about your hog farming operation. My father started our farming operation in 1957 by renting the farm that is currently our …

Facing COVID Challenges ‘In the Eye of the Storm’

October means cooler temperatures, pumpkin patches and Halloween, but U.S. pork producers know it better as National Pork Month. To celebrate the month-long holiday, HOTH is turning over its authorship to guest hosts to offer unique perspectives and experiences in our sector. This second HOTH is penned by Minnesota Pork Producers Association President John Anderson.   Tell us about your …

Hog Farmers Persevering Through Challenging Times

October means cooler temperatures, pumpkin patches and Halloween, but U.S. pork producers know it better as National Pork Month. To celebrate the month-long holiday, HOTH is turning over its authorship to guest hosts to offer unique perspectives and experiences in our sector. This inaugural HOTH is penned by Illinois Pork Producers Association Executive Director Jennifer Tirey. What do you love …

NPPC Intern Perspective: American Hog Farmers are Resilient

Growing up on a corn and soybean farm with my only livestock experience being the care of my 4-H animals, I would have never known how much of an impact hog farmers have on the overall agriculture industry. Of course, living in Iowa, I always knew how important pork production is to my home state, but didn’t have a full …

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 …