Annual Report

U.S. Pork Industry’s 2019 Successes

  • Led the charge in the resolving the North American metal dispute, prompting removal of Mexican punitive tariffs of 20% ($12 hit per hog) on U.S. pork in May.
  • Successfully pushed in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo for an early harvest U.S.–Japan trade deal covering pork and other farm products.
  • Aggressively engaged with USDA and Homeland Security to prevent African swine fever (ASF) from entering the United States.
  • Secured $1.7 million USDA grant to support Vietnam in the prevention and control of African swine fever, helping them build its veterinary workforce while giving the U.S. an invaluable research opportunity to better understand ASF.
  • Beat back FDA and the fake-meat crowd in establishing regulatory oversight of cell-cultured protein product names, labeling and processing at the USDA.
  • Succeeded in terminating safeguard investigation on pork in Panama.
  • Secured $4 million in USDA funding for trichinae surveillance program and prompted industry-wide participation in a program that will help the U.S. pork industry achieve negligible risk status for trichinella in the World Organization for Animal Health. The status will eliminate the ability of other countries to impose costly mitigations on U.S. pork and it help us reach more international markets.
  • Led the charge against FDA’s land-grab of gene edited livestock so that regulatory oversight is moved to USDA.
  • Marshaled the effort to secure permanent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules exempting farms from emissions reporting.
  • Worked to get the New Swine Inspection System implemented.
  • Advocated for the repeal of the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), laying groundwork for a new final rule.
  • Successfully petitioned before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to protect free speech rights of pork producers to defend themselves and overturn broad gag order imposed by N.C. trial court.
  • Secured permanent livestock exemption from Electronic Logging Device requirement and initiated the process of establishing new Hours of Service rules.
  • Successfully worked with USDA to publish new requirements for reporting exports of pork and beef under the Export Sales Reporting Program, a win for producers who depend on reliable and accurate data. The rule clarifies that “muscle cuts” of pork include whole carcasses, whether divided in half or further subdivided into individual primal, sub-primal or fabricated cuts, with or without bone.