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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
• 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
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.
• 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.
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
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