When Chris Hoffman realized that his neighbors truly didn’t understand pig production, he decided it was time to start talking about the We Care initiatives more. But sometimes talking about it isn't enough.
“Although the number is down 1% from last December, it is generally a continuation of the industry expansion that has been ongoing since mid-2014,” says Jason Franken, ag economist at Western Illinois University.
The hog herd is expanding. That’s according to the USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report. Numbers are increasing in all categories compared to one year ago. How expansion continues amid COVID-19 is anyone’s guess.
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has updated its Export Library for China to reflect expanded access for U.S. beef and pork. These changes were negotiated in the U.S.-China "Phase One" trade agreement.
The decision by the U.S. Department of State to suspend visa processing in Mexico because of COVID-19 threatens to worsen the labor shortage in the pork industry and across U.S. agriculture, NPPC says.
USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom explains that when implemented, USMCA will solidify trade relations in North America and preserve duty-free access to Canada and Mexico for U.S. pork, beef and lamb.
When it comes to ASF, National Pork Board chief veterinarian Dave Pyburn says there are four big questions producers ask him about this deadly virus in pigs that has exploded in parts of Asia and Europe.
The good news for U.S. pork producers is that ASF is still not in the Western Hemisphere, says National Pork Board chief veterinarian Dave Pyburn. But the bad news is, globally, the disease isn’t going away.
NPPC is warning of serious disruption to the U.S. pork industry. That’s especially with severe labor shortages at hog farms and in processing plants if already severe labor shortages are made worse by the coronavirus.