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NPPC, Farm Bureau File Prop. 12 Brief With Supreme Court NPPC and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) today filed their initial brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in their case against California’s Proposition 12, which bans the sale of pork not produced according to the state’s production standards. The high court is expected to…

April 22, 2022 USDA LETS MORE PACKING PLANTS RETURN TO FASTER LINE SPEEDSUSDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced it approved the Clemens Food Group pork packing plant in Coldwater, Michigan, to run faster line speeds under a one-year trial program. The agency now has let four plants operate with faster harvesting line…

Home / Commerce / Agriculture Labor Issues Agriculture Labor Issues × Background NPPC supports visa system reform that provides agricultural employers with sustained access to year-round labor and a pathway to legal status for workers with agricultural experience already in the United States.   H-2A visa expansion to year-round labor is needed to ensure that…

NPPC CALLS ON CONGRESS TO SHORE UP AGRICULTURAL INSPECTOR FUNDINGNPPC is calling on Congress to provide funding for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Agricultural Quarantine Inspection program. The AQI program funds the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agricultural inspectors who work at U.S. ports of entry…

CALIFORNIA COURT ISSUES FINAL ORDER DELAYING IMPLEMENTATION OF PROP. 12The Superior Court in Sacramento Co., CA, on Wednesday issued its final judgment delaying enforcement of the state’s Proposition 12 prohibition on the sale in California of pork from hogs born to sows raised anywhere in housing that does not meet the state’s arbitrary standards. While…

CALIFORNIA COURT DELAYS IMPLEMENTATION OF PROPOSITION 12The Superior Court in Sacramento Co., CA, this week delayed enforcement of the state’s Proposition 12 prohibition on the sale in California of pork from hogs born to sows raised anywhere in housing that does not meet the state’s arbitrary standards. Several California business groups, including the Hispanic Chamber…

GROUPS SEEK LEGAL REMEDIES TO STOP PROP. 12The U.S. Supreme Court today was set to consider whether to take the NPPC-American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) case challenging California’s Proposition 12, which bans the sale in California of pork from hogs born to sows raised anywhere in housing that does not meet the state’s arbitrary standards,…

ADMINISTRATION TO SPEND $1 BILLION, ISSUE NEW RULES TO SPUR COMPETITIONThe Biden administration on Monday announced it will provide $1 billion in federal aid to help independent meat processors expand and will promulgate new regulations to foster more competition in the meatpacking industry. The White House mostly blames anti-competitive practices in the meat industry for…

HOUSE EXTENDS PRICE REPORTING LAW ONE YEAR, SENATE PROSPECTS UNCERTAINThe House this week approved legislation sponsored by Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott (D-GA) that extends for one year the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act (LMRA), which requires meatpackers to report to USDA the prices they pay for cattle, hogs and lambs and other information. USDA uses…

HUMPHREYS CHOSEN AS NEW NPPC CEONPPC announced this week that Bryan Humphreys, a former staff member with the organization, has been chosen as its new CEO, taking over from long-time leader Neil Dierks. Humphreys’ will begin his duties Dec. 21. The Iowa native previously served from June 2009 to October 2014 as NPPC’s director of…