Congratulations, Secretary Vilsack, on getting it right!

Several years ago, with African swine fever (ASF) spreading through much of the world, U.S. pork producers became alarmed because of the devastating economic impact the swine-only disease would have on the U.S. pork industry should it reach the U.S. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) began an aggressive campaign with Congress, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) …

Correcting A Critic from the North

A critic across our northern border continues to circulate inaccurate information about efforts to bring financial relief to US pork producers. HOTH thought it time to set the record straight. U.S. hog farmers are an independent bunch, preferring to compete through hard work and innovation, allowing the free market to determine winners and losers. Unfortunately, unprecedented economic harm – brought …

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

Former House Speaker Tip O’Neill coined the phrase all politics is local. Essentially, legislative actions taken in Washington, D.C., have real-world ramifications throughout the country. As lawmakers are currently back in their districts for their congressional recess, now is a great opportunity to talk with them about the local impacts of two top U.S. pork producer issues: appeal of a …

Why NPPC is Sounding the Alarm on Imported Rescue Dogs

Preventing African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases (FADs) from entering the United States is one of NPPC’s top priorities. While we continue to work to ensure we have sufficient U.S. agriculture inspectors at our borders and ports, a looming, largely unknown FAD risk must be addressed to protect U.S. livestock and agriculture from FADs. Increasingly, rescue dogs are …

Pork Production Isn’t Seasonal. Our Labor Shouldn’t Be.

U.S. pork production isn’t seasonal, and neither is our labor. It requires a hardworking and dedicated workforce on our farms and in processing plants. Unfortunately, the U.S. pork industry is suffering from a serious labor shortage that, if not urgently addressed, will constrain pork production and lead to serious challenges in our food supply chain, including increased consumer prices and …

COVID ‘HAS HAD A LASTING, DISRUPTIVE IMPACT ON OUR FARM’

TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL PORK MONTH, HOTH IS TURNING OVER ITS AUTHORSHIP TO GUEST HOSTS TO OFFER UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES IN OUR SECTOR. THIS FOURTH AND FINAL HOTH FOR THE MONTH IS PENNED BY NORTH CAROLINA PORK COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT LORENDA OVERMAN.   Tell us about your hog farming operation My husband Harrell is a sixth-generation farmer, tracing his agricultural …

Congress Needs to Help Hog Farmers Still in Crisis

TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL PORK MONTH, HOTH IS TURNING OVER ITS AUTHORSHIP TO GUEST HOSTS TO OFFER UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES IN OUR SECTOR. THIS THIRD HOTH IS PENNED BY IOWA PORK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT-ELECT DENNIS LILJEDAHL.   Tell us about your hog farming operation. My father started our farming operation in 1957 by renting the farm that is currently our …

Facing COVID Challenges ‘In the Eye of the Storm’

October means cooler temperatures, pumpkin patches and Halloween, but U.S. pork producers know it better as National Pork Month. To celebrate the month-long holiday, HOTH is turning over its authorship to guest hosts to offer unique perspectives and experiences in our sector. This second HOTH is penned by Minnesota Pork Producers Association President John Anderson.   Tell us about your …

Hog Farmers Persevering Through Challenging Times

October means cooler temperatures, pumpkin patches and Halloween, but U.S. pork producers know it better as National Pork Month. To celebrate the month-long holiday, HOTH is turning over its authorship to guest hosts to offer unique perspectives and experiences in our sector. This inaugural HOTH is penned by Illinois Pork Producers Association Executive Director Jennifer Tirey. What do you love …

NPPC Intern Perspective: American Hog Farmers are Resilient

Growing up on a corn and soybean farm with my only livestock experience being the care of my 4-H animals, I would have never known how much of an impact hog farmers have on the overall agriculture industry. Of course, living in Iowa, I always knew how important pork production is to my home state, but didn’t have a full …