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August 10, 2009
In this issue:
  Pork Industry Here to Stay
  Documenting Three-Year Disease Trends
  Senate Passes Ag Appropriations
  Governors Push for Pork Industry Help

Pork Industry Here to Stay
Is there anything about this hog industry that is positive? That’s a question I keep hearing and, from an economic standpoint, it is a difficult one to answer. But the truth is that the U.S. and Canadian pork industries certainly will not disappear. They are not destined for total destruction and there will be vibrant pork industries in both countries in the future. I write that with 100% confidence and there are not very many things that I consider a certainty.

Here is why the pork industry survival is assured:

    • People will still eat pork. Perhaps not as much as they would if prices remained lower, but they will still eat pork. Per capita pork consumption hasn’t changed much in 50 years. That is a problem when we talk about growing demand, but it’s some consolation when we contemplate difficult times.


Documenting Three-Year Disease Trends
Influenza continues to make news. Most veterinary diagnostic laboratories are capable of testing for the novel (human) H1N1 Flu Outbreak Virus, but in Iowa, this test is only performed when a veterinarian voluntarily participates in the H1N1 surveillance program. To date, no novel (human) H1N1 cases of flu have been detected in U.S. swine.

Veterinary diagnostic laboratories do, however, conduct tests for the common swine influenza viruses (SIV) found in pigs. Data from the Iowa State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory suggest the frequency of diagnosis of flu in pigs in 2009 pretty well tracks with the two previous years. (Figure 1).

In contrast, the frequency of diagnosis of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) from tissues appears to have contra-seasonal increase in the first half of 2009 (Figure 2).


Senate Passes Ag Appropriations
The Senate passed the $124 billion fiscal year 2010 agricultural appropriations bill – $23 billion is discretionary funding, leaving $101 billion in mandatory spending. Key items in the bill include:
    • Dairy support: $350 million for USDA to purchase additional dairy surplus items in an effort to raise dairy prices.

    • Nutrition/WIC: $86.092 billion, including mandatory funding for domestic nutrition assistance; WIC is the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.

    • Child Nutrition: School Lunch and Breakfast programs are funded at $16.8 billion in mandatory funding.

    • Food Safety: Food Safety and Inspection Service is funded at $1.018 billion, which is $47 million above last year.

    • International Food Aid: Food for Peace and the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program are funded at $1.89 billion – an increase of $564 million.

    • Research: USDA research agencies will receive $2.8 billion – an increase of $140 million.

    • Animal identification: USDA’s animal identification (ID) program is funded at $7 million.


Governors Push for Pork Industry Help
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is applauding the governors of a number of the top pork-producing states for urging President Obama to take immediate action to help U.S. pork producers through a nearly two-year-old economic crisis.

In a letter sent to the president Aug. 7, the governors of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin asked the administration to:

--Support an additional $50 million of pork purchases for government feeding programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) buys pork for federal food assistance programs; in 2008, it bought nearly $62.6 million in pork products.


Aug. 13, 2009: 50th Annual George A. Young Swine Health and Management Conference, Marina Inn, South Sioux City, NE; contact: Sharon Clowser, University of Nebraska-Lincoln by phone (402) 472-4650, fax (402) 472-3094 or sclowser2@unl.edu.

Aug. 24-28, 2009: ID•INFO EXPO 2009, Kansas City, Mo. the ID•INFO EXPO 2009 will focus on recent advances in animal identification technology as there's been significant advances made these past two years. In addition, we'll explore traceability as it lines up with food safety, animal health and marketing efforts. With recent food safety concerns in produce and troubles locating the source of the produce, more and more consumers are asking "Where did this come from?" and retailers are actively pursuing solutions to meet consumer demand. In addition, export markets will continue to increase demands for traceability. More information is available at www.animalagriculture.org.

Sept. 1, 2009: Carthage Veterinary Service (CVS), Ltd. 19th Annual Swine Conference, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL; contact: CVS at (217) 357-2811 or visit www.hogvet.com.

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This month's focus: World Pork Expo New Product Tour
2009 World Pork Expo New Product Tour
Challenging economic times were reflected in the type of products introduced to the pork industry at the 21st annual World Pork Expo in Des Moines, IA.
Trials Study Divergent Sow Feeding Systems
Research goal is to provide pen gestation options for the future.
H1N1 Flu Outbreak Virus Raises Questions
Iowa State researcher answers questions about the virus.

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