Bobby Acord, former USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrator, urges Congress to work with the Obama administration to improve preparedness of the U.S. to deal with a disease outbreak in front of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee.
NPPC immediate past president Howard Hill, a veterinarian and pork producer from Cambridge, explains the seriousness of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and the devastation it could cause the U.S. livestock industry and U.S. economy during his testimony before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture.
Nick Giordano, Vice President and Counsel, Global Government Affairs for the National Pork Producers Council, explains that the World Trade Organization will announce the level of retaliation tariffs Mexico and Canada can use against the United States in response to the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling law and that retaliatory actions are likely to immediately follow the announcement. He stresses that Mexico and Canada will accept nothing less than a complete repeal of the law and offers up alternative approaches to labeling standards.
Dave Warner, Director of Communications for NPPC, highlights some of the progress NPPC has made for the nation’s pork producers, including reauthorization of Mandatory Price Reporting with beneficial provisions, a repeal of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling, and obtaining funding for important programs like enhanced surveillance of emerging swine diseases and improved preparedness for disease outbreak. Looking ahead to 2016, Warner states that the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is one of the top issues for NPPC, as well as TPP and the Child Nutrition Act.
Nick Giordano Vice President and Counsel, Global Government Affairs for the National Pork Producers Council explains why Mandatory COOL action must be taken by the Senate to stop significant retaliation by Canada and Mexico.
NPPC Vice President of Industry Relations, Dallas Hockman, speaks about how the industry is moving toward implementation of labeled use changes for antibiotics and discussing those changes with consumers and key retailers of pork products, and looks at the misinformed and misleading Consumer Reports antibiotic resistance article.
Liz Wagstrom,Chief Veterinarian for NPPC, talks about the history behind America’s pig farmers’ commitment to the responsible use of antibiotics and stresses that the use of antibiotics in the pork industry does not add any undue risk to antibiotic resistance.
Chief veterinarian for the National Pork Producers Council, Dr. Liz Wagstrom, discusses upcoming changes in managing herd health products, who needs to be involved in the record trail and what to watch for.
Dave Warner, Director of Communications for NPPC, explains why a quick passage of this trade deal is important to the nation’s pork pig farmers and how a delay in its passage c result in a great disadvantage for the U.S. pork industry in many export markets.
Nick Giordano, Vice President and Counsel, Global Government Affairs for the National Pork Producers Council explains how TPP will benefit U.S. pork producers, but notes that NPPC, as well as all other industries, must carefully go through the details of the agreement before passing final judgement.