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Pork producers push for Prop 12 fix in farm bill

Pork producers want to see an answer to California’s Proposition 12 in the new farm bill. Duan Stateler, an Ohio producer and president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), says they want to avoid a patchwork of regulations across the country… “I don’t think... Read More.

U.S. cattle producers see room for complimentary U.K. trade

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says there is potential for more complementary trade with the United Kingdom. Government Affairs Director Kent Bacus tells Brownfield consumer demand for certain cuts of beef is different on both sides of the Atlantic. “For example, they eat... Read More.

Pork producers applaud line speed extension

The National Pork Producers Council is applauding the recent announcement that the USDA is extending a pilot program that allows processing plants to run at increased line speeds.  Duane Stateler, an Ohio producer and president-elect of NPPC, tells Brownfield… “I’m glad they got the line... Read More.

MO producers would welcome more rain

Missouri farmers say some soil moisture has been replenished this winter, but dry conditions linger and any additional rains are welcome. Northeast Missouri farmer Matt Wright says “we had several different snow events and at one point, we came close to 15 inches (of... Read More.

Foreign animal disease on pork producers minds

Foreign animal disease (FAD) preparedness remains a top priority for the nation’s pork industry.   Trish Cook is a pork producer in eastern Iowa… “Being diligent every day.”  She says, “You can’t take a day off from having good bio-security because you’re only as strong as... Read More.

Texas wildfires threaten agriculture producers

Wildfires are consuming thousands of acres in the Texas panhandle and endangering the state’s agricultural operations. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller issued a statement saying, “These fires not only threaten lives and property but also have a significant impact on our agriculture industry. We... Read More.

Pork producers concerned about patchwork of state regulations

Pork producers are concerned about the burden state livestock confinement laws are placing on the industry. National Pork Producers Council president-elect Lori Stevermer says a federal solution is needed to address California’s Proposition 12 and Question Three, a similar law passed in Massachusetts. “Something that’s... Read More.

Minnesota pork producers dealing with lack of available labor

Minnesota pork producers are struggling to find labor as unemployment numbers remain low.  Minnesota Pork Board president Darryl Timmerman says people are the number one resource for pig farmers. “So when you look at just general unemployment across the state of Minnesota, it’s very... Read More.

Resource for producers seeking labor help

The Illinois Pork Producers Association has developed a resource to help producers navigate the hiring of international labor. Executive director Jennifer Tirey says the International Worker Guide was developed to meet the needs of the association’s members… “We’ve seen a lot more of our producers... Read More.