Capital Update

In this week’s National Pork Producers Council Friday recap: USDA Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program announced and Farm Bill hearing dates set. Take a deeper dive below.  USDA Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program Available to Eligible Producers  What happened: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a new program to provide support for agricultural producers…

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…

Groups Want North American Ag Trade Strengthened  What happened: NPPC this week joined 16 other agricultural organizations in asking representatives of the United States, Canada, and Mexico at the North American Leaders Summit in Mexico City to strengthen North American trade in agricultural products through the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  In a statement issued the day…

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…

NPPC Comments on DOL Independent Contractor Proposed Rule What happened? National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) submitted comments to the United States Department of Labor (DOL) in response to the Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) Proposed Rule for determining employee or independent contractor classification. Why was a response warranted? The DOL’s Proposed Rule would change the…

U.S. Pork Exports Soar During Pork Month What happened? U.S. pork exports in October – National Pork Month – reached their highest in 16 months, according to data recently released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Year-over-year, exports were up 5% in October, topping 238,000 metric tons, the largest amount since June 2021.…

U.S. Pork Producers Praise Biden Administration’s Efforts to Avert Rail Disruptions  Railroad Union Contract Negotiations Recap: In October, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) along with 321 local, state and federal trade associations signed onto a coalition letter urging President Biden and key administration officials to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a new rail…

NPPC staff in attendance from left to right: Michael Formica, Maria Zieba, Terry Wolters, Mikayla Dolch, Andrew Bailey, Bryan Humphreys, Annemarie Pender, Holly Cook, and Josh Scramlin. NPPC Participates in NAFB Trade Talk What happened? This week the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) took part in the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) annual ‘Trade…

NPPC Weighs in on APHIS New Approach to Livestock Indemnity What happened? On Nov. 7, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) submitted comments to the Federal Register in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) published by USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regarding its new approach on how it determines and pays…