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March 22, 2010
In this issue:
  Reopened Export Markets vs. Hog Supplies – A Reality Check
  Reentry into Russia a Breakthrough for Pork
  Senators Concerned about Competition Workshops
  USDA Provides Air Quality Funding To Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Reopened Export Markets vs. Hog Supplies – A Reality Check
Last week’s news that Russia and China will reopen their markets to U.S. pork was certainly good news. It should provide yet another opportunity to sell hogs at very profitable prices this summer and, by most estimates, at a profit even for the fourth quarter of this year.

The reality, however, may not be quite as great as the good feelings that followed the announcements. And, there is the underlying question about whether actual demand this summer will live up to the expectations of the futures market.


Reentry into Russia a Breakthrough for Pork
With valuable, constructive input from all facets of the U.S. pork industry, lengthy negotiations between the governments of the United States and Russia have resulted in a reopening of the market to U.S. pork exports. This is an important breakthrough for pork producers and exporters, as the market had been effectively closed for several months due to numerous delistings of U.S. processing plants and storage facilities.

The prospects for an agreement brightened in mid-February when U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) led a U.S. industry delegation to Moscow for discussions with a team headed by Russia’s chief veterinary officer. The meeting laid the groundwork for a better working relationship with the Russian veterinary service and complemented the ongoing formal negotiations between the two governments. Later that month, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service posted the new Export Verification (EV) Program for plants exporting pork to Russia. The principal components of this program are:


Senators Concerned about Competition Workshops
Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) expressed their concerns regarding the Department of Justice-USDA competition workshops on agricultural competitiveness issues. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the senators urged that workshops be balanced and reflect the wide array of producers and agribusiness in modern-day agriculture. The senators wrote, “As you begin your review, we caution you to embark on a balanced evaluation that, importantly, includes careful consideration of the unintended consequences of government intervention in the market. We are deeply concerned that the result of any review not stifle innovation and thereby create a one-size-fits-all marketplace in which all producers are treated the same regardless of economics or free market principles.”

Consumer Recall Notification — Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) has introduced the “Consumer Recall Notification Act,” which would make sure consumers and health workers are aware when food recalls are made. The legislation would require that notices be posted on food retailers’ shelves where recalled foods are sold, require that recall notices are sent directly to grocery store members and loyalty card users, and ensure that Class 1 recall information is distributed to health workers.


USDA Provides Air Quality Funding To Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced more than $5 million in grants to cut agricultural atmospheric emissions and develop new mitigation strategies.

“Agricultural producers need the most effective practices and technologies to prevent or mitigate greenhouse gases or other contributors to climate change,” says Roger Beachy, USDA chief scientist and NIFA director. “This research will build effective mitigation strategies and help farmers and foresters learn and adopt best management practices that reduce agricultural emissions.”


March 23, 2010: Swine Health Symposium, Der Dutchman, Plain City, WI; contact: Dale Ricker at (419) 523-6294 or

March 24-26, 2010: NSF International and USDA Co-Host 2010 Food Safety Education Conference in
Atlanta, GA; contact: Paula DeGangi at (646)-935-4029 or

March 31 - April 1, 2010: London Swine Conference at the London Convention Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.


Research Coordinator
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The Research Coordinator will be responsible to oversee research trials, implement research protocols and ensure integrity of the research data. The research program will be based on key performance indicator improvements for the betterment of M2P2 daily production protocols, animal welfare, employee safety and overall economic impact. The research coordinator will work in a collaborative effort with all phases of production with a drive for system improvement and implementation for desired results. This position will learn all of M2P2 operations and assignments may vary through all phases of production.

Ideal candidates must have the following qualifications:
  • Posses BA/BS in Animal Agriculture with knowledge/experience in trial design, implementation and data analysis.
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  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be methodical, detail oriented and have the ability to multi task on a daily basis
  • Demonstrate a high standard of quality in their work
Competitive wage and benefit package includes medical, disability, life insurance, 401K, vacation and paid holidays. Interested candidates please mail your resume and cover letter to M2P2, attn: Tracy Rogers, 1615 Golden Aspen Drive, Suite 104, Ames, Iowa 50010 or email resume and cover letter to

M2P2 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

U.S. pork producers must be able to compete in foreign markets without restrictive tariffs or sanitary barriers to trade. NPPC’s mission of gaining and expanding access to markets through free trade agreements is paramount to the continued success of the U.S. pork industry — Click here to learn more.


The news reports announcing the discovery of the H1N1 Flu Outbreak Virus on April 24, 2009 increased the urgency for proper biosecurity measures in hog operations. Producers continually face the challenge of managing the biosecurity of pigs, people, packages and pests as they redouble efforts to stave off costly swine diseases and retain their access to pork markets in this age of economic uncertainty. Click here for the complete Blueprint archive.

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This Month's Focus: Air Quality
Peeling Away the Layers of Pork's Carbon Footprint
Pork Checkoff's Life Cycle Assessment of greenhouse gas emissions is entering the final phase and the outcome will be a producer-friendly, greenhouse gas prediction tool.
Evaluating Biosecurity Risks During Feed Transport
Links in the feed processing and delivery chain identify disease prevention challenges and opportunities.
Food Safety Expert Counters Katie Couric's Claims
Key facts discount comments made on antibiotics segments aired last month.

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