Spring Pork Alliance Meeting

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WEST DES MOINES, IA

April 23–24, 2024

The Spring 2024 Pork Alliance Meeting, held at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, brings together more than 100 Pork Alliance members and partners for an update on various industry issues in the U.S. pork industry. These issues are important to NPPC’s mission to advocate for the social, environmental and economic sustainability of U.S. pork producers and their partners by fighting for reasonable public policy, defending our freedom to operate and expanding access to global markets.

National Pork Producers Council

About NPPC

NPPC advocates for the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of U.S. pork producers and their partners by supporting reasonable public policies that expand access to global operations and don’t unnecessarily restrict operations.

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About Pork Alliance

Pork Alliance is the program for allied industry companies to join NPPC. Pork Alliance dues help fund NPPC’s mission to advocate for the social, environmental and economic sustainability of U.S. pork producers and their partners by fighting for reasonable public policy, defending our freedom to operate and expanding access to global markets.

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Economic Contribution of the U.S. Pork Industry

610K+

pork industry jobs

60K+

total pork producers

$7.6B

pork exports in 2022

$57B+

added to the GDP

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Meeting Materials and Resources

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  • PorkPAC is the political action committee of NPPC. It allows the U.S. pork industry to educate and support candidates at the federal level whose views coincide with the interests of pork producers, processors, marketers, consumers and the pork business. A financially strong PorkPAC counters well-funded opposition group activities by strengthening NPPC’s grassroots, communications and public policy programs.
  • Most Americans have never been on a farm, so it is easy to understand why opinions on pork production may be based on outdated or inaccurate information. By understanding a few basic facts, more people will appreciate the important role pork production plays in providing consumers with healthy and affordable food.
  • NPPC advocates for a farm bill that addresses the challenges and chaos posed by laws like Prop. 12, fully funds the programs that safeguard the nation’s food supply against threats posed by foreign animal diseases, as well as key programs that expand foreign markets for U.S. ag products.

     

    Contacts: Chase Adams and Matt Grill

  • Opening new and expanding existing markets is vital to the continued success of the U.S. pork industry. In 2023, the U.S. exported over $8.2 billion in pork and pork products to over 100 countries. Exports accounted for more than $64 in value from each hog marketed in 2023.

     

    Contact: Maria C. Zieba

  • Proposition 12 is a California ballot initiative prohibiting the sale of pork not produced according to the state’s arbitrary production standards. These standards, which were developed without input from hog farmers, veterinarians or experts in animal care or food safety, hurt farmers and consumers throughout the country, while disproportionately affecting low-income households. The facts surrounding this misguided measure must be considered as lawmakers develop a federal solution.

     

    In addition to the issue paper above, check out the costs and impacts of Proposition 12 here.

     

    Contact: Chase Adams

  • The H-2A visa program allows a very limited number of foreign workers entry into the U.S. for seasonal agricultural work. The seasonal workers permitted under the program do not come close to meeting the pork industry’s need for year-round workers, especially with the decline in rural working age populations. Congress must provide access to the H-2A program for year-round industries.

     

    Contact: Christina Banoub

  • The Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) was enacted in 1921 to prohibit unfair, deceptive, and unjustly discriminatory practices by market agencies, dealers, stockyards, packers, swine contractors, and live poultry dealers. NPPC believes in full enforcement of the PSA to ensure fair markets and competitive opportunities for producers so that any size producer with any production system has market access and the ability to enter agreements of their choosing.

     

    Contact: Christina Banoub

Tuesday, April 23 Speakers

Bryan Humphreys – Chief Executive Officer

Presentation: CEO Update, Overview & Opening Remarks

Kiersten Hafer – Vice President Strategy & Domestic Market Development, National Pork Board

Presentation: Introduction to NPB Consumer Connect Segmentation Study

Jay Miller – CEO and President, The Maschhoffs

Presentation: Producer Perspective

Wednesday, April 24 Speakers

NPPC Contacts

Next Pork Alliance Meeting

FALL 2024 | TBD