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September 20, 2010
In this issue:
  Pork’s Stake in Mandatory Price Reporting
  Pork Export Market is Solid, but There’s Room to Grow
  Mandatory Price Reporting Modified, Passed
  Illinois Producer Jill Appell Appointed to Trade Committee

Pork’s Stake in Mandatory Price Reporting
It is official – the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999 has been reauthorized and needs only the president’s signature to be law for five more years. That signature should not be a problem.

The legislative action comes as a relief to everyone in the livestock business, given what happened five years ago. When the act first expired in 2005, it took over a year to get it reauthorized due to the objections of several upper-Midwest senators who, because of complaints from a small minority of producers, believed that the system was deeply flawed. When asked about their perceived problems with the act, they never had a good answer. The issue pretty much revolved around some so-called “mistakes” in the cattle reports, which I still don’t believe existed.

Regardless, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) had to rewrite the rules, which took the better part of a year. Then, it took another year to “officially” reauthorize the mandatory system.

To their great credit, pork packers continued to voluntarily report virtually everything required by the mandatory system while the good Senators were dithering and AMS rewrote the rule. Ditto for steer and heifer slaughterers and most cow slaughterers, although the wheels fell off of lamb reporting in the interim. The sheep industry was hurt badly since there was virtually no data upon which to make decisions.


Pork Export Market is Solid, but There’s Room to Grow
The international marketplace has been the primary growth engine for the U.S. pork industry in recent years. The trend continues as this year’s export levels flirt with all-time highs and producers are seeing a solid return on every hog sold.

Through the first seven months of 2010, exports stand at a robust 2.4 billion pounds valued at $2.74 billion. That’s a 2% jump in volume over the same period in 2009, while the value is up a solid 8%. This represents a measurable return to producers. This year, exports have added $44.37/head, nearly $5/head more than last year.

Even with nearly 24% of all U.S. pork going into the international market, Philip Seng, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), feels there is room for pork exports to grow.


Mandatory Price Reporting Modified, Passed
The House of Representatives passed the Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010. This legislation renews mandatory price reporting for beef, pork, lamb, and adds dairy products for five years. The legislation modifies existing law by requiring mandatory reporting of wholesale pork cuts in order to expand transparency in the pork industry. It also requires USDA to establish within one year an electronic price reporting system for dairy products. The Senate passed the bill earlier this summer, so the bill now goes to President Obama for his consideration. The legislation was supported by American Farm Bureau Federation, American Meat Institute, American Sheep Industry Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Farmers Union, National Pork Producers Council, National Meat Association and the United States Cattleman’s Association.

Veterinary Services Investment Act Passed — The House of Representatives passed legislation to address the growing concern of the need for more large animal veterinarians. The Veterinary Services Investment Act would establish a competitive grant program at USDA to support efforts to increase access to veterinary care in underserved areas. Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said, “Rural areas are facing a critical and growing shortage of large animal veterinarians. These veterinarians are the first lines of defense against animal disease and a crucial player in ensuring the safety of our food. This bill will encourage veterinarians to serve these areas where their skills are needed.” The legislation was authored by Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE).


Illinois Producer Jill Appell Appointed to Trade Committee
Altona, IL, pork producer Jill Appell has been named by President Obama to a White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Appell has served in many official capacities include president of the National Pork Producers Council, president of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, state director of USDA’s Rural Development, Governor’s Livestock Industry Task Force during 1995-1998 and on the Farm Bureau’s Task Force on Women’s Role in Agriculture.

She is currently a member of the USDA Farm Service Agency Illinois State Technical Committee and the USDA Technical Advisory Committee for Trade of Animals and Animal Products.

Appell and her husband Paul run a wean-to-finish operation.

Appell was named one of 10 Masters of the Pork Industry by National Hog Farmer magazine in 2007 (See the May 15, 2007 issue).


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September 21-22, 2010: 71st annual Minnesota Nutrition Conference, Holiday Inn, Owatonna, MN
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Sept. 23-24, 2010: Zoonoses: Understanding the Animal Agriculture and Human Health Connection, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC; contact:

NPPC’s grassroots organization trains industry stakeholders to tell the story of U.S. pork. As a LEADR you will help lawmakers understand how their decisions affect your business, your family, your community and your ability to provide consumers with safe, affordable and healthy pork. Click here to learn more.


As positive margins return to pork producers’ ledgers, owners and managers are recounting the hard lessons learned as they redouble efforts to improve risk management skills, measure and manage production variance with greater precision, and produce quality pork in a safe and sustainable manner. At the heart of the 50th edition in the Blueprint series, published April 15th, 2010, is a focus on new and improved pathways to profitability.



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