D.C. just became the hotspot for pork industry leaders. More than a hundred of them took over the city as part of the National Pork Producers Council’s Spring meet-up. With a lineup of experts and decision-makers, it was quite the event.
Scott Hays, the big boss at NPPC, started things off. He shared just how crucial these face-to-face chats with Congress members can be. "By being here," he noted, "you're giving them a real glimpse into our world."
So, what were the big talks about? Here's a sneak peek:
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2023 Farm Bill: This one's all about protection against threats like foreign diseases and expanding markets. After a string of challenges post-2018, from pandemic woes to trade hiccups, this Bill might be the fresh start the industry needs.
California Proposition 1: NPPC feels the farm bill needs a federal solution for the issues brought up by this proposition, especially as it overlooks decades of scientific and animal welfare progress.
Trade: The U.S. sold a staggering $7.6 billion worth of pork to over a hundred countries in 2022 alone. Expanding this? On the agenda!
Labor Woes and the H-2A Visa Program: Despite attractive pay packages, the pork industry's facing a labor crunch. Maybe tweaking the visa rules could help?