For the Week Ending March 29, 2019
NPPC STRESSES URGENCY FOR U.S.-JAPAN TRADE AGREEMENT
NPPC this week released a new Meat of the Matter paper addressing the critical importance of a United States-Japan trade agreement. New Japanese trade agreements with the countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement of Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the European Union (EU) are cutting into U.S. pork market share in its largest value market. NPPC continues to urge the Trump administration to expeditiously initiate, complete and deliver for ratification to Congress a trade deal with Japan. Read the paper here.
NPPC, OHIO PORK COUNCIL NOMINATE ELDER FOR EPA GREAT LAKES ADVISORY BOARD
NPPC and the Ohio Pork Council this week nominated Kevin Elder to serve as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Advisory Board. Elder, an Ohio farmer and chief of livestock environmental permitting at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, will offer his expertise to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the implementation of the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. To read the nominating letter, click here.
IOWA PORK PRODUCER TO DISCUSS TRADE WITH U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS SUBCOMMITTEE
The U.S. House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will on April 2 hold a hearing: “The Small Business Trade Snapshot: Agriculture and Workers.” Mark Meirick, a producer from Iowa, will testify on behalf of U.S. pork.
PORK PRODUCERS TO LOBBY CONGRESS ON INDUSTRY ISSUES
NPPC will host its spring Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C. April 10-11, 2019. The biannual fly-in draws from around the country more than 100 pork producers who will meet with members of Congress to discuss issues of importance to U.S. pork, including the importance of maintaining and expanding export opportunities, Farm Bill implementation, African swine fever safeguards and necessary visa reform to address the current agricultural worker shortage.