Environment & Energy

In this week’s National Pork Producers Council Friday recap: trade, GIPSA comments and a legal challenge over the WOTUS rule. Take a deeper dive below. Ghana Officially Opens Market to U.S. Pork What happened: The African nation of Ghana signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officially opening its market to exports…

FAS Allocates Fiscal 2023 MAP, FMD Funds to Promote Exports What happened: Before the end of the year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded nearly $203 million to more than 60 organizations as part of its Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program to help expand export markets…

Topline Summary of the Agriculture Provisions in the Government Spending Bill What happened: On Dec. 23, President Biden signed into law the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that averted a government shutdown and funds the government until Sept. 30, 2023. Secretary Vilsack stated, “USDA is ready to hit the ground running in 2023 to keep expanding…

Mandatory Price Reporting Extended in Federal Funding Bill The Senate and House approved legislation that funds federal programs, including the Mandatory Price Reporting program, through Dec. 16. President Biden was expected to sign into law the continuing resolution, which keeps the government running at current funding levels, before the start of fiscal 2023, which begins…

Ocean Shipping Reform Act Of 2022 Signed Into LawA win for the U.S. agriculture groups – the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) was signed into law. OSRA addresses some of the most egregious practices threatening U.S. agriculture exports, such as unfair and onerous detention and demurrage charges. Last year alone, the U.S. pork industry exported…

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 / Environment & Energy The Waters of the United States Rule × NPPC’s Position The Waters of the United States Rule must be workable for farmers.   NPPC has raised concerns about the 2021 proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which has many flaws as the 2015 regulation.    NPPC opposes the…

SUPREME COURT AGAIN CONSIDERS WHETHER TO HEAR PROP. 12 CASEThe NPPC-American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) legal challenge to California’s Proposition 12, which bans the sale in the state of pork from hogs born to sows raised anywhere in housing that does not meet California’s arbitrary standards, is again on the U.S. Supreme Court’s weekly conference…

Environment × Pork producers are dedicated to protecting the environment and safeguarding the nation’s resources for future generations. In addition to being subject to federal and state environmental regulations, the pork industry has worked with all levels of government to develop science-based practices addressing use and management of valuable nutrients. The U.S. pork industry’s efforts…

NPPC COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE RODENTICIDE RESTRICTIONSNPPC and nine other agricultural groups late last Friday submitted answers and observations in response to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency request for information about the use of rodenticides to control rats and mice infestations on farms. EPA regulates which pesticide products can be used and how they are used…