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July 18, 2011
 
In this issue:
  Egg Industry's Nod to HSUS May Haunt Sow Stall Decisions
  Pork's Export Challenges Abound
  Negotiations on Debt Ceiling Continue
  U.N. Body Fails to Approve Standard for Ractopamine

MARKET PREVIEW
Egg Industry's Nod to HSUS May Haunt Sow Stall Decisions
On July 7, the United Egg Producers (UEP) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced that they had reached an agreement to petition Congress for legislation requiring commercial egg producers to move from conventional caged housing to “enriched” colony housing. The groups announced that their goal is to have a law in place by June 30, 2012, and to have the new housing systems fully adopted by the end of 2029. As part of this agreement, HSUS and UEP said they will not “initiate, fund or support” any further ballot initiatives or local or state legislation.

UEP said in a statement that the goal is to have one national standard instead of an array of state laws that create confusion for both producers and customers. National legislation would also be an opportunity to more clearly define some vague language in state statutes. One clear example is the wording of California’s Proposition 2, which passed in 2008, requiring “expanded” space but not telling producers how much more space they must provide.

When Congress decides to “occupy the field” on an issue, the move normally means state laws are preempted. Therefore, a national standard would preempt other state laws in Michigan, Oregon and Washington, according to UEP.

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PORK EXPORT PREVIEW
Pork's Export Challenges Abound
Success in the global meat export market is a moving target. The factors that determine success today may change completely a week, a month or a year from now.

Thus far, 2011 has been an outstanding year for U.S. pork exports. Through the first five months of the year, exports when measured by volume are up 16% to 916,763 metric tons (just over 2 billion pounds) valued at nearly $2.4 billion, a 22% increase over 2010 levels.

To put it in another perspective, we’re 11% ahead of the volume pace in the record-setting year of 2008 and 26% ahead in terms of value. We’re currently exporting 28.7% of all U.S. pork production, and those exports are adding $53.10 to the value of each and every animal processed.

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
Negotiations on Debt Ceiling Continue
Amid growing tension and the approaching Aug. 2 deadline, the negotiations on raising the debt ceiling continues between President Barack Obama and the House and Senate congressional leadership. Fearing default and the ramifications this could have on the economy, over 450 business leaders sent a letter to President Obama and the members of Congress urging them to “put aside partisan differences and act in the nation’s best interests” by increasing the $14.3 trillion debt limit. In a letter, the business leaders stated: “Treasury securities influence the cost of financing not just for companies but more importantly for mortgages, auto loans, credit cards and student debt. A default would risk both disarray in those markets and a host of unintended consequences.” The issues continue to be the level of cuts in government spending and adequacy of revenues.

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NEWS FLASH
U.N. Body Fails to Approve Standard for Ractopamine
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) strongly disapproves of a United Nations (UN) commission’s failure to approve an international standard for a widely used feed additive.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, established by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and its World Health Organization to promote food safety and fair trading practices, refused to adopt a science-based standard for ractopamine, a feed additive used to promote leanness in pork and beef. This is the fourth consecutive year that establishment of a standard will be held at the final stage before approval.

“U.S. pork producers are very disappointed that the Codex commission succumbed to the bullying of countries that had no scientific reasons for opposing adoption of a standard for ractopamine,” says NPPC President Doug Wolf, a pork producer from Lancaster, WI. “This is a scientifically proven safe product, and the commission failed again to act on its mandate to base standards and guidelines on science. This lack of action calls into question Codex’s legitimacy as the international reference body for scientific standards for food.”

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PORK INDUSTRY CALENDAR
July 29, 2011: Fourth Annual Pork Lenders Meeting, Country Inn Suites, Mankato, MN. For more information contact: Minnesota Pork Board Assistant Executive Director Jeremy Geske at (800) 537-7675 or jeremy@mnpork.com.

July 31-Aug. 4, 2011: 45th Congress for the International Society for Applied Ethology; hosted by Purdue University’s Livestock Behavior Research Unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service; Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis, IN. For more information, go to http://www.ars.usda.gov/meetings/isae2011.


Aug. 7-10, 2011: The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting; The Galt House, Louisville, KY. For more information contact: www.asabe.org.


August 14 - 17, 2011: 7th International Conference on Boar Semen Preservation; Bonn, Germany. Check our website www.boarsemen2011.com for further information.


Aug. 18, 2011: George A. Young Swine Health and Management Conference, Marina Inn; South Sioux City, NE. For more information contact: http://vbms.unl.edu/web/vetscience/gysc.



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 BLUEPRINT

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 MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS

The June 15, 2011 edition of National Hog Farmer magazine focuses on the industry’s workforce with articles on how to build a farm culture, hire foreign workers and reverse turnover rates in a 90,000-sow system. A major feature looks at high feed costs and new waste management standards facing pork producers in North Carolina. Find these stories and more at www.nationalhogfarmer.com.

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