The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) approved several public policy resolutions at its recent annual meeting in Kansas City:

  • Study the value of suggesting Congress wait to write the 2007 Farm Bill until current World Trade Organization talks are completed;
  • Urge pork producers to support a national animal identification system and suggest producers register their premises;
  • Support an increase in funding for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to better meet the needs of the swine industry;
  • Support a USDA recommendation for reforms to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration;
  • Oppose the Captive Supply Reform Act, which would limit the types of contracts producers could enter into with packers;
  • Work with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to alleviate producer concerns about packer policies regarding condemnations;
  • Seek reauthorization of the mandatory price reporting law, which expired last September, and support a study of mandatory price reporting of pork carcass cutouts to increase transparency and more accurately reflect pricing of the entire product;
  • Favor legislation that would clarify that livestock manure is not a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant under certain federal environmental laws;
  • Request the federal government establish a streamlined process for clearing trucks carrying hogs at border crossings between the United States and Canada;
  • Support the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ efforts to rename postweaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome to porcine circovirus-2-associated disease syndrome; and
  • Support permanently adding pork and pork variety meats to USDA’s weekly export/sales report.