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National Pork Industry Forum

National Pork Industry Forum

The National Pork Industry Forum is going on in Kansas City, MO.  This serves as the venue for the annual meetings of the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council.  Here you will find updates from key leaders, guest speakers, and delegates representing producers from Nebraska.

Starting things off, here are a couple of reports with NE Pork Producers Assoc. Executive Director Al Juhnke on more background of Forum and what happens here….

Pork Act Delegates 2020

Picture: 2020 Pork Act Delegates in session March 5, 2020.


Here is Pork Act Delegate Darin Uhler from St. Paul, NE… he talks about some of the information offered during the National Pork Board annual meeting related to consumer preferences and trade….


NPPC Delegates 2020

Picture:  National Pork Producers Council Delegates in Session March 5, 2020.


Here’s Karen Grant of Meadow Grove, delegate from Nebraska to the National Pork Producers Council, on a resolution brought by Nebraska pork producers to NPPC for consideration….

Another perspective on NPPC delegate work with Mark Wright of Fremont, NPPC delegate from Nebraska…


USDA Undersecretary of Marketing & Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach spoke to attendees at the Forum Friday morning.  He outlined 5 points that USDA  would put into effect if African Swine Fever is detected in the U.S…..

·         The Secretary would immediately take necessary steps to declare an “extraordinary emergency” establishing USDA as the leader of a coordinated national approach to control and eradication, and ensuring the availability of funding and additional resources necessary for the response.

·         USDA would issue a national standstill of at least 72 hours to prohibit all movement of swine increasing USDA’s ability to stop disease spread and to act quickly to restore movement on a regionalized basis.

·         For the depopulation of infected and exposed animals, USDA would work with states and industry to utilize the most efficient and effective depopulation methods approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association that are appropriate for the affected premises.

·         To prevent virus from leaving infected premises, USDA will work proactively with industry and states to ensure producers have herd plans to deal with carcass disposal in line with regional and local requirements, supporting composting and burial in place as preferred options.

·         To reduce paperwork, USDA plans to pay for virus elimination at a uniform, flat rate, based on the size of affected premises.


Here’s a report from Pork Act delegate from Nebraska, Michael Luckey from Columbus….

National Pork Board member Bill Luckey from Columbus on the forum this year….

Here’s a segment with Russ Vering, member of the Board of Directors for the National Pork Producers Council…

National Pork Board CEO Bill Evan on forum and NPB priorities from 2019 and a preview of 2020…


As of the end of the Forum, AV Roth from Wisconsin is now the new President of the National Pork Producers Council!


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