Steve Meyer’s hog market outlook

One of the most-anticipated presentations at World Pork Expo each year is market analyst Steve Meyer’s outlook for the coming months.  Meyer, whose new title is “vice president of pork analysis” at Express Markets Inc. Analytics, discussed what he sees as “a significant expansion” taking place in the pork industry.  Meyer says the next 12 months… Read more »

NPPC officials discuss WOTUS concerns

After reviewing the final version of the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, officials of the National Pork Producers Council say they have just as many concerns now as they did before the rule was released. “I think we’re going to be subject to jurisdiction in a lot of places that we were not under… Read more »

Iowa pork producer will lead National Pork Board

A pork producer from Cherokee, Iowa is the new president of the National Pork Board. Derrick Sleezer was elected to that position at the Pork Board’s recent meeting at World Pork Expo.  Elected as vice president was Jan Archer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. Terry O’Neel, a producer from Friend, Nebraska, was elected treasurer. The National Pork Board administers the… Read more »

NPPC pushing hard for TPA passage

According to Dr. Howard Hill, past president of NPPC, Trade Promotion Authority is needed in order to conclude Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations among the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim countries.  Hill says TPP would be the biggest commercial opportunity ever for the U.S. pork industry and would boost the U.S. economy. Failure to pass TPA, Hill says,… Read more »

NPPC president attended WH antibiotics forum

National Pork Producers Council president Ron Prestage of South Carolina-based Prestage Farms attended this week’s White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship.  In this World Pork Expo interview, Prestage shares his thoughts on that event and how the pork industry is responding to calls for reductions in antibiotic use. AUDIO: Ron Prestage

A visit with Ken Maschhoff

The Maschhoffs LLC , headquartered in Carlyle, Illinois, is one of the largest family-owned pork production networks in North America.  At World Pork Expo, we had the opportunity to visit with Ken Maschhoff, who serves as chairman of the board for the company and also as vice president of the National Pork Producers Council.  We… Read more »

Vetter: Passage of TPA essential to TPP

The chief agriculture negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Darci Vetter, says negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement are nearly complete.  “I just returned on Friday night from Guam where all the negotiators were together, really finalizing and defining those last issues that need to be decided,” Vetter says. “So… Read more »

Pork industry takes steps to reduce antibiotic use

Some critics says the livestock industry is not moving fast enough to reduce antibiotic use.  But a top official of the National Pork Producers Council disagrees. Dr. Howard Hill, Iowa veterinarian and past president of NPPC, says they support FDA Guidance 209 and 213, under which the use of medically-important antibiotics as growth promotants will… Read more »

World Pork Expo focus on animal health

The 2015 World Pork Expo is this week and the Executive Director of the Minnesota Pork Board says producers will be focusing on animal health. “Whether its PRRS or PEDv, I think some of the lessons that have come with avian influenza here in Minnesota and in Iowa especially, there is going to be a… Read more »

World Pork Expo is June 3-5

World Pork Expo is June 3-5 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), World Pork Expo presents a wide range of activities, including the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, and swine shows and sales. “World Pork Expo is a showcase of pork production,” says… Read more »