What is NPPC?

The National Pork Producers Council, which consists of 43 affiliated state associations, is the global voice for the U.S. pork industry, enhancing opportunities for the success of pork producers and other industry stakeholders by establishing the pork industry as a consistent and responsible supplier of high-quality pork to domestic and world markets.

What Does NPPC do for Pork Producers?

On behalf of America’s 68,000 pork producers, NPPC fights for reasonable federal legislation and regulations, maintains and develops export market opportunities, and protects producers’ livelihoods. Public-policy issues on which it focuses are in the areas of agriculture and industry, animal well-being and food safety, environment and energy, and international trade.

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Agriculture & Industry

Environment & Energy

Animal Well-Being & Food Safety

International Trade

Agriculture & Industry

Issues such as immigration, product labeling, and federal funding of agricultural programs all impact pork producers’ ability to build and sustain their operations. Pork producers support more than half a million jobs and generate more than $34 billion of gross national product to the U.S. economy. NPPC works closely with executive branch officials and federal lawmakers to advocate for pork producers everywhere.


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Environment & Energy

Pork producers are dedicated to protecting the environment. Like all Americans, they are concerned about safeguarding the nation’s resources for future generations.

In addition to being subject to federal and state environmental regulations, the pork industry has worked with all levels of government to develop science-based practices addressing use and management of valuable nutrients.

Pork producers also are committed to conserving energy and helping reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. The industry supports the development and use of alternative and renewable fuels but seeks a level playing field for producers to compete for finite resources.


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Animal Well-Being & Food Safety

Pork producers care deeply about the health and welfare of their animals. They have a moral obligation to provide for the well-being of their pigs and to raise them in a humane and compassionate manner. Healthy animals ensure safe food for consumers. There is nothing more important than ensuring a safe, nutritious food supply. The pork industry adopted its We Care program to demonstrate its commitment to responsible pork production.

Animal agriculture must continue to develop new methods to promote safe and humanely-produced products to meet the demands of foreign and domestic markets. NPPC advocates for science-based approaches to swine health and production and opposes legislation that would dictate on-farm production practices.


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International Trade

Pork exports add significantly to the bottom line of each U.S. pork producer, so opening new and expanding existing markets for U.S. pork exports through free trade agreements (FTAs) are vital to the continued success of the U.S. pork industry.

U.S. exports of pork have increased by 1,550 percent in value and nearly 1,300 percent in volume since 1989, the year the United States implemented the FTA with Canada and started opening international markets for value-added agriculture products. The importance of trade deals is evident given that the United States now exports more pork to the 20 countries with which it has FTAs than to all other nations combined.

FTAs can be bilateral – between two countries – or regional – among three or more. Through such agreements, the U.S. pork industry works to reduce or eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. pork exports. Any restrictions that do remain in place must be based on sound science.


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