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NPPC fights for pork industry's future in farm bill

Disease prevention, market growth top priorities


The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is actively shaping the 2024 Farm Bill to address critical needs within the pork industry.

A recent panel discussion at the World Pork Expo emphasized the importance of disease prevention and expanding market access for US pork.

NPPC is advocating for continued funding for programs that prevent foreign animal diseases (FADs). These programs play a vital role in protecting animal health and the nation's food supply.

Dr. Anna Forseth, NPPC's animal health director, highlighted the potential devastation of an FAD outbreak, emphasizing the need for proactive measures.

The NPPC is also urging lawmakers to address the challenges posed by California Proposition 12. This law creates roadblocks for pork producers nationwide and could potentially lead to a confusing web of regulations.

Looking towards the future, the NPPC sees significant opportunities in expanding export markets for US pork. Increased funding for the USDA's Market Access Program (MAP) is a key goal.

Maria C. Zieba, NPPC vice president of government affairs, emphasized the importance of international marketing in creating new markets for American pork.

As the pork industry recovers from economic hardship, stability and clear regulations are critical. The NPPC continues to advocate for policies that safeguard animal health and promote the growth and prosperity of the US pork industry.

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