U.S. Pork Industry’s 2017 Successes
With a new administration in the White House — one a little friendlier to American agriculture than the previous one — the National Pork Producers Council was able to go on the offensive to advance proposals beneficial to U.S. pork producers.
Once again, the NPPC staff in Des Moines and Washington, D.C., traveled extensively to visit farms throughout the country, talking with producers about their concerns and needs; attended meetings with other agricultural industry and business groups to align public-policy positions; met with food retailers and executives to discuss industry issues; lobbied members of Congress and executive branch officials on pork producers’ priorities; participated in dozens of policy meetings as part of various coalitions; and worked with representatives of foreign nations to expanded market opportunities for the U.S. pork industry.
NPPC testified before congressional committees four times during the year, submitted comments on dozens of federal agency regulations and communicated the industry’s issues of importance to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Those efforts helped advance proposals beneficial to the U.S. pork industry and stop ones that would have been detrimental to pork producers. And with your support, we secured several victories for producers, including getting the Trump administration to forego implementing several burdensome regulations that had carried over from the previous administration, keep the United States in two important trade agreements and move forward on policies that will help the pork industry.
Also over the past year, NPPC communicated about pork producers’ commitment to continuous improvement and to the ethical principles embodied in the industry’s We Care program, which affirm that producers do the right things on their farms every day. We also continued to carry an important message to politicians, policy-makers and the public: Allow pork producers the freedom to use production practices that, based on science and experience, work best for the well-being of their animals and help them produce safe, wholesome and nutritious pork for consumers here and abroad.
Often in the past, NPPC has had to play defense on public-policy issues. In 2017, with hard work and your support, we got to play offense in our fight to advance reasonable legislation and regulations, to open new and expand existing markets and to protect the livelihoods of America’s 60,000 pork producers.