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June 14, 2010
 
In this issue:
  An Economist’s Reflections from World Pork Expo
  Asia Holds Tremendous Growth Potential for U.S. Pork
  EPA to Target Self-Certifying CAFOs
  Pork Board Officers Elected at Pork Expo

MARKET PREVIEW
An Economist’s Reflections from World Pork Expo
Last week’s World Pork Expo was quite understandably the most positive meeting of pork producers in recent memory. Profits can do that, especially after such a long dry spell. Producers were happy to be in the business, but most are still stinging from 2008 and 2009, and the huge drains on their equity.

Still, it was easy to see optimism. Although no attendance figures have been announced, it was very likely lower than in the past. That is no indictment of the Expo, but rather a reflection of the changes in the pig-producing world.

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PORK EXPORT PREVIEW
Asia Holds Tremendous Growth Potential for U.S. Pork
U.S. pork exports had a record-shattering year in 2008. Asia led the charge with record-large totals in several individual markets. Japan set the all-time, single-market value record of $1.54 billion that year – more than the U.S. pork industry exported worldwide less than a decade ago. The China/Hong Kong region more than doubled any previous year’s purchases of U.S. pork (to almost $400 million), while South Korea, Taiwan and the ASEAN region also set new records.

Asian import demand moderated in 2009, as supplies increased – especially in China. Still, the volume of U.S. pork sold remained high by historical standards. Despite a significant increase in Japan’s domestic production and a slowing of its economy, Japan exceeded $1.5 billion in U.S. imports for the second year in a row. This is remarkable, considering that Mexico is the only other market in which the U.S. pork trade has ever broken the $500 million mark in a single year (2009).

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
EPA to Target Self-Certifying CAFOs
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will gather wastewater data from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which self-certify that they do not have discharges into waterways covered by the Clean Water Act. This is part of a court settlement with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Waterkeepers Alliance. The court settlement requires EPA to gather information about farms that do not have discharge permits and then assess whether they should be regulated. EPA plans to propose a rule to collect information from the farms and take final action on the proposed rule within two years.

Move to Block Greenhouse Gas Regulations Rejected — The Senate rejected Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) resolution that would have prevented the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act without prior congressional approval. Supporters of the resolution argued that the EPA had usurped the authority of Congress to set climate policy and that EPA’s regulations would increase energy costs and kill jobs. In May, nearly 50 agricultural groups sent a joint letter urging the Senate to adopt the resolution.

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NEWS FLASH
Pork Board Officers Elected at Pork Expo
Springdale, AR, swine veterinarian Gene Nemechek has been elected president of the National Pork Board. The board members also elected Richards, MO, pork producer Everett Forkner vice president. Both individuals will serve one-year terms effective July 1.

Nemechek is a swine quality assurance veterinarian with the swine division of the Tyson Pork Group Inc. for Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. In his role, Nemechek has a shared responsibility to work with the Tyson pork production systems in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri plus customer quality assurance for the Tyson Pork Group weaned pig and feeder pig customers.

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PORK INDUSTRY CALENDAR
June 23, 2010: Advanced Swine Reproductive Management Workshop Lifelong Learning Center
Norfolk, NE
For more information contact: Dave Stender by phone (712) 225-6196, fax (712) 225-3173 or e-mail dstender@iastate.edu.

June 24, 2010: Advanced Swine Reproductive Management Workshop, Plymouth County Extension Office
LeMars, IA
For more information contact: Dave Stender by phone (712) 225-6196, fax (712) 225-3173 or e-mail dstender@iastate.edu.



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If you were unable to attend World Pork Expo last week in Des Moines, Iowa, you can check out National Hog Farmer’s Coverage of the 2010 World Pork Expo. Here you can see the New Product Tour, our Photo Gallery and news updates from the show.



Director of Science and Technology
The Washington, D.C. office of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) seeks a Director of Science and Technology to develop and implement policies and programs for a broad cross-section of science and technology issues on behalf of U.S. pork producers.

The Director joins an established team of government relations professionals and will deliver strong intellectual leadership and strategic vision in the science and technology mission area. The Director will:

    • Be responsible primarily for the daily management of animal health and production issues such as: antimicrobial availability and usage, animal health and handling concerns, mandatory animal identification, traceability, food safety and related public health issues.

    • Provide scientific and technical support on international trade matters, including: research, analysis and advocacy of scientific and technical issues as they relate to obtaining and maintaining market access for U.S. pork exports, and on trade problems that arise separate from the negotiation of new trade agreements.

    • Perform senior-level liaison and representation functions to explain and advocate NPPC policies and programs to the organization’s membership, allied industries, stakeholders, other livestock and agricultural groups and consumer organizations, as well as state, federal and international regulatory authorities.
Position requires: D.V.M. or Ph.D. in a field associated with animal science or equivalent and relevant area of study; proven relevant expertise and experience in industry, private practice or in a government/regulatory body; excellent written and verbal communication skills; the ability to present cogent and relevant presentations in large and small group interactions; advanced writing skills; and successful experience integrating with teams of other professionals to develop and implement strategic responses to critical issues in a timely manner. This position requires significant travel.

NPPC offers a competitive salary structure based on experience and qualifications, with a competitive benefits package.

Interested candidates should submit in writing a cover letter and comprehensive resume confirming the required experience and skills along with references to: National Pork Producers Council, ATTN: Office Administrator, 122 C Street NW, Suite 875, Washington, DC 20001, or e-mail to jobs@nppc.org. No telephone calls please. For further information about NPPC click here.

M2P2 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 BLUEPRINT

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 MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS

The May 15 edition of the National Hog Farmer will feature the fifth class of the “Masters of the Pork Industry,” featuring personal and professional profiles of industry entrepreneurs destined to leave their mark on the North American pork industry. This special edition also features 21 products nominated for the National Hog Farmer’s World Pork Expo New Product tour and a full slate of WPX events and activities.

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