READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 18th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 18th

White House Sends Formal Announcement of Agreement with Japan

The White House has notified Congress it will sign a trade agreement with Japan. President Donald Trump notified lawmakers he will enter an agreement on tariffs and digital trade with Japan, as the two sides wrap up the talks still this month. The White House published the notice Monday evening. Trump told lawmakers he is “pleased to report that my administration has reached an initial trade agreement.” The agreement is expected to be signed along the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month. The agreement does not need approval from Congress and can go into effect immediately. The agreement will mostly lower tariffs on U.S. ag products, to levels granted to other exporters to Japan in the Comprehensive and Progress Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The lower tariffs allow U.S. farmers to better compete in the Japanese market. Top U.S. agricultural exports to Japan currently include beef, corn, pork, soybeans and wheat, totally $13 billion last year.

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Trump Backing Plan to Increase Biofuels Production

President Donald Trump will soon unveil a biofuel plan that farm groups are hopeful will increase demand for biofuels production. The President has tentatively approved the plan that will increase biofuel blending requirements, but the administration has not yet publicly announced the plan. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said Tuesday the announcement is coming, and will be a “win-win” for farmers. However, Grassley is unsure when the administration will announce the plan. Reuters says the plan requires the Environmental Protection Agency calculate a three-year rolling average of total biofuels gallons exempted from the mandates under its Small Refinery Exemption program and add that figure to its annual biofuel blending quotas each year. The administration recently granted 31 waivers to exclude refineries from the RFS blending requirements. Trump was planned to meet with oil industry executives earlier this week, as well. Grassley says Trump “listened to Iowans” who spoke out against the small refinery waivers. President Trump ordered a review of the waivers in June.

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Saudi Attacks Represents Opportunity for Biofuels

Drone attacks Saturday in Saudi Arabia that destroyed oil fields show diversification, which includes biofuels, could curb market volatility, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. RFA President Geoff Cooper says the United States imported 2.8 billion barrels of crude oil last year, equivalent to 45 percent of the oil processed by U.S. refineries. $18 billion flowed out of the U.S. economy to Saudi Arabia in return for 330 million barrels of petroleum. However, U.S. farmers helped produce more than 380 million barrels of “lower-cost, cleaner-burning renewable fuel last year-more barrels than we imported from Saudi Arabia.” Cooper says the United States cannot “simply frack its way to energy independence,” in his call to increase biofuels use. Cooper says with enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard, removal of regulatory barriers, and a rapid transition to 15 percent ethanol blends nationwide, U.S. ethanol producers could quickly ramp up production and help fill the void in the global liquid fuel supply caused by the Saudi oil attacks.

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Minnesota Lawmakers seek Mississippi River Disaster Funds

Representatives from Minnesota are pushing for funds to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to address issues stemming from Mississippi River flooding this year Democrat Representatives Ron Kind< Angie Craig and Betty McCollum, all representing Minnesota, sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget pushing for the distribution of $100 million for flood repairs. The funds were included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, and were signed into law by President Trump in June 2019. Those funds have not yet been disbursed so the Army Corps can do their jobs. Right now, the lawmakers say the immediate concern remains keeping the Mississippi River operational for commercial use, which requires additional dredging because of excess sediment build-up this spring. The river is responsible for one-sixth of the nation’s intercity cargo and 25 percent of foreign exports. The letter states the lawmakers urge the Trump Administration “to act swiftly in allocating long-term funding to reinstate emergency dredging operations.”

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USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection

The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced a final rule to modernize swine slaughter inspection. For the first time in more than five decades, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is modernizing inspection at market hog slaughter establishments with a goal of protecting public health while allowing for food safety innovations, according to USDA. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the final rule “allows us to ensure food safety while eliminating outdated rules.” National Pork Producers Council President David Herring says the new inspection system “codifies the advancements we have made into law, reflecting a 21st century industry,” and ensures “a safe supply of wholesome American pork.” In the final rule, FSIS amends the regulations to require all swine slaughter establishments to develop written sanitary dressing plans and implement microbial sampling to monitor process control for pathogens that can cause foodborne illness. The final rule also allows market hog establishments to choose if they will operate under the rule or continue to operate under traditional inspection.

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Peterson, Others, Establish 4-H Congressional Caucus

House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat, this week announced the bipartisan 4-H Congressional Congress. Joining Peterson is Republican Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, along with Democrat Henry Cueller of Texas. Peterson, saying he was “a 4-H kid myself,” says he looks forward to growing the caucus “so we can help ensure the next generation of young leaders have access to 4-H experiences that will help them succeed.” 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization, empowering youth through programs and experiences that develop critical life skills and preparing them for life today and a career tomorrow. Thousands of 4-H professionals and educators, as well as 500,000 volunteers serve nearly six million youth in every county in the United States. National 4-H Council president and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo welcomed the caucus, saying “Their support ensures life-changing 4-H experiences are available to young people in rural, urban and suburban communities throughout America.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-14-19 Feeding Colorado and Beyond – German American Agricultural Technology Symposium Set for September 19th in Denver – REGISTER NOW!

Feeding Colorado and Beyond – German American Agricultural Technology Symposium Set for September 19th in Denver – REGISTER NOW!

German AgTech event seeks to incite a global dialogue on how to keep pace in a growing world

The Food and Agriculture Industry contributes over $41 billion to Colorado’s economy every year, with over 60% of Colorado’s land being used for agriculture. With at least 4.4 thousand companies working in Food and Agriculture in Colorado, the industry employs 115.6 thousand people a year on average. Similarly, almost half of Germany’s national territory is devoted to agricultural use, employing over a million people in over 270 thousand agricultural enterprises. Consequently, Germany is the third largest exporter of agricultural products worldwide. An upcoming event will take a deep dive into the importance of agriculture to both Coloradan and German economies, focusing on how technology can keep pace with the challenges and opportunities facing this industry in the future.

On September 19, 2019 the German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter (GACC-CO) will be hosting the German American Agricultural Technology Symposium at the National Western Complex in Denver, CO. This day-long event aims to bring together innovators and investors from across the Atlantic to address the most pertinent questions in AgTech – inciting dialogue, exchange, and action. The Agri-Tech Symposium will be the third event in the GACC-CO’s annual German American Business Series (GABS).

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Tue Sep 17, 2019 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
 
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
 
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
 
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 3.62-3.92 7 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.93 6 lower
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
 
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09-17-19 NMPF: Last Call for DMC: Farmer Safety-Net Signup Ends Friday

NMPF: Last Call for DMC: Farmer Safety-Net Signup Ends Friday

ARLINGTON, Va. – With sign-up for the 2019 Dairy Margin Coverage program ending Friday, the National Milk Producers Federation urged all dairy farmers to enroll in the program, which guarantees a payout for producers that’s higher than program premiums in 2019.

The DMC, the main risk-protection tool for dairy farmers enacted in the 2018 farm bill, is guaranteed to pay all producers enrolled at the maximum $9.50/cwt. coverage level for every month of production through July, according to USDA data. More than 71% of dairy operations with an established DMC production history have enrolled so far for this year, representing more than 19,000 producers nationwide.

“DMC signup, especially at the maximum $9.50 coverage level, is a no-brainer for dairy producers,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO. “But to take advantage of this program, delay is no longer possible. Farmers need to sign up now.”

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09-17-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Swears In USDA’s Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Donald “DJ” LaVoy

USDA Secretary Perdue Swears In USDA’s Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Donald “DJ” LaVoy

(Washington, D.C. September 17, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today administered the oath of office to swear in Donald “DJ” LaVoy to serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary.

“DJ LaVoy brings decades of leadership in economic development and affordable housing to this role and we are excited to welcome him to our USDA team,” Secretary Perdue said. “DJ has effectively led large-scale IT innovation, interagency relationships, and public-private partnerships to improve government customer service and the quality of life for Americans across the country. DJ is well equipped to fight for rural America’s economic prosperity and development, working hard to fulfill one of President Trump’s top priorities.”

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09-17-19 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Call on Congressional Leadership to Enact Full, Permanent Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

US Senators Bennet, Gardner Call on Congressional Leadership to Enact Full, Permanent Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) joined a group of bipartisan senators in calling on the leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to include full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the fiscal year 2020 funding agreement. This letter follows Congress’ successful passage of permanent reauthorization for the LWCF in February, and the subsequent introduction of bipartisan legislation in the Senate to permanently fund the LWCF at a level of $900 million.

September 3rd was the 55th anniversary of the LWCF being signed into law.

“As you work to enact legislation that will address Federal funding needs for fiscal year 2020 and beyond, we urge you to seize the opportunity for including a bipartisan win for future generations—full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (‘LWCF’). This investment would protect and conserve our national parks and public lands, support the nation’s $887 billion outdoor recreation economy, and finally fulfill the original promise of the LWCF,” wrote the senators. Continue reading

09-17-19 CDA: Colorado Proud School Meal Day Brings Agriculture to the Table and Classroom

CDA: Colorado Proud School Meal Day Brings Agriculture to the Table and Classroom

Broomfield, Colo. – Children across the state will celebrate Colorado Proud School Meal Day on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Hosted annually by the Colorado Departments of Agriculture and Education, it’s a day to educate youth about Colorado agriculture and healthy eating. More than 150,000 students statewide will learn about agriculture in classrooms and eat local meals. They will talk about healthy eating, innovation, farmers and ranchers, and even their own young roles in the local food movement.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis will join Cory Elementary students in Denver for lunch made from locally-grown ingredients – including vegetables harvested from the school’s own garden. Cory Elementary also has added a chicken program with first through fifth graders taking care of chickens, selling eggs at the school’s farmers’ market and collaborating with the community.

“Not only does this school celebration encourage conversations with students about food and agriculture, it also exposes kids to new tastes and a wide variety of local products,” said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg. “It’s important for them to develop healthy relationships with food, while learning about how and where their food is grown here in Colorado.” 

Governor Polis proclaimed September 18, 2019, as Colorado Proud School Meal Day, inspiring more than 300 schools to participate from every corner of Colorado. School districts are also embracing agriculture in the classrooms with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education-focused materials, guest speakers and locally sourced items.

“This year’s School Meal Day also coincides with Colorado Proud’s Next Generation of Ag campaign, which addresses the next generation of all aspects of agriculture, from technology to the economy, but especially the next generation of consumers – our school-age students. More than ever, it’s important for our young students to understand agriculture’s value, heritage and history, as our future consumers and influencers,” said Wendy White, spokesperson for Colorado Proud. 

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09-17-19 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize PILT

US Senators Bennet, Gardner Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize PILT

Washington, D.C. – On September 16th, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) joined a group of Western senators in introducing bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program to provide long-term financial security for rural counties.

The legislation would reauthorize the PILT program for ten years. The program provides critical resources to nearly 1,900 counties across 49 states. Counties have used these payments for more than 40 years to fund law enforcement, firefighting, emergency response, and other essential county services.

“PILT funding is critical for communities across Colorado that use these funds for essential services like infrastructure maintenance and law enforcement,” said Bennet. “This legislation is a common sense step to reauthorize the program, so that we can continue to fully fund PILT and meet the needs of our counties. We will continue to work toward a long-term solution for PILT that will provide counties and local governments sustained funding and more predictability.”

“The PILT program is an important resource for many counties in Colorado and across the country with large amounts of non-taxable federal land,” said Gardner. “It’s important that Congress fully funds this program, which is used for critical services like law enforcement and infrastructure investments.” Continue reading

09-17-19 US Senator Gardner Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging OMB to Make the Army Corps Collaborate on the Water Supply Rule

US Senator Gardner Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging OMB to Make the Army Corps Collaborate on the Water Supply Rule

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, sent a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney expressing strong opposition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) proposed rulemaking for their use of reservoir projects for domestic, municipal, and industrial water supply. They were joined by Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), James Risch (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Ron Wyden (D-OR), John Barrasso (R-WY), Michael Enzi (R-WY), John Hoeven (R-ND), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Martha McSally (R-AZ), James Inhofe (R-OK), Michael Rounds (R-SD), Jeffrey Merkley (D-OR), John Thune (R-SD), James Lankford (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Michael Bennet (D-CO).

“We have attempted to provide input to the Corps on its proposed implementation of federal law, but our concerns have not been adequately addressed,” the group of Senators wrote. “We urge you in your capacity to direct the Corps to make the adjustments necessary to follow decades of federal precedent and respect state and tribal water authority.” Continue reading

09-17-19 U.S. Senators Bennet, Hoeven Introduce Bipartisan Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act

U.S. Senators Bennet, Hoeven Introduce Bipartisan Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act

Legislation Protects U.S. Bison Industry, Ensures Clear Labeling of Buffalo and Water Buffalo in Products

Letter Urges Forest Service to Use New Funding and Tools to Invest in Colorado Forestry, Recreation, and Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and John Hoeven (R-ND) announced that they have introduced the Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act, legislation to fix a deceptive labeling issue that is negatively impacting the U.S. bison industry. The legislation would provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the authority to prohibit water buffalo products from being marketed as “buffalo.”

“Misleading labeling does a disservice to bison ranchers, who have worked hard to create a growing market for bison,” said Bennet. “By requiring that water buffalo products be labeled accurately, our legislation will go a long way in addressing this misleading practice, provide transparency for American consumers, and safeguard the U.S. bison industry.”

“This legislation prevents the deceptive marketing of water buffalo as buffalo,” said Hoeven. “Our bill provides clarification to consumers by giving FDA the authority necessary to ensure proper labeling of water buffalo and establishing that buffalo is a common name for bison.”

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09-17-19 Eighty Three Years of the NWSS Catch-a-Calf Contest

Eighty Three Years of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Morgan County

Fort Morgan, CO – 2020 will mark the 83rd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest. This long running program is an important part of the National Western. It not only gives youth the opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, but also to compete at the National Western. Continue reading

09-17-19 Potatoes USA: ATP Funds Awarded to Potatoes USA

Potatoes USA: ATP Funds Awarded to Potatoes USA

DENVER (September 17, 2019) — Through two rounds of Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) funding allocations, Potatoes USA was awarded over $5.1 million for activities and programs to increase U.S. potato export opportunities.

Potatoes USA’s strategy for the ATP funding includes focusing on new activities and projects in existing target markets while expanding into new markets to increase overall demand and opportunities. Creating programs in new markets will help to make up for lost sales in other markets due to recent trade barriers. With 83 planned and approved activities in over 15 countries, Potatoes USA is actively working to combat challenges to trade. Continue reading

09-17-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Ag Leaders Visit Sendai, Japan – a Terrific Destination for U.S. Beef Tongue

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Ag Leaders Visit Sendai, Japan – a Terrific Destination for U.S. Beef Tongue  

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DENVER, CO – September 17, 2019 – The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Heartland Team, a group of 31 producers and other ag industry leaders from 16 states, recently returned from Japan where they met with importers and other key buyers of U.S. red meat and took part in U.S. beef and pork promotional activities.

A unique aspect of the 2019 Heartland Team’s mission to Japan was a visit to Sendai, a city located northeast of Tokyo that is especially well-known for its appetite for U.S. beef tongue. John Hinners, USMEF vice president for industry relations, reports on the Heartland Team’s tour of a beef tongue processing plant in Sendai. The group also attended a dinner with food industry representatives who are members of the Sendai Beef Tongue Association. Hinners notes that with the U.S. and Japan having reached an agreement in principle on red meat trade, Japanese buyers are excited at the prospect of obtaining U.S. beef tongue at a lower tariff rate. Japan’s tariff rate on U.S. beef tongue is currently 12.8%, but just 5.7% for countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Hinners adds that the same company operating the beef tongue processing plant also purchases U.S. pork, which is processed and used in hot-pot dishes.

Hinners on visit to Sendai, Japan 9-16-19

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09-17-19 UMASH Farm Safety Check Tractor Safety

UMASH Farm Safety Check Tractor Safety

Tractors are nearly universal on the farm. While a critical piece of equipment, tractors are also the number one cause of death on the farm.

Take the time to refresh all tractor operators on the necessary steps and training for safe operation.

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09-17-19 Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship recipients aspire to inspire future generations

Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship recipients aspire to inspire future generations

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, Sept. 17, 2019 – Syngenta congratulates Adrienne Blakey, bachelor’s student at Oklahoma State University, and Nick Lord, master’s student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University, as the national winners of the Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship. They will each receive $6,000 to help meet financial obligations as they pursue their academic and professional goals.

As winners in their regions, both Lord and Blakey, as well as six other regional winners (SEE BELOW), will also each receive a $1,000 scholarship award to support their education.

Syngenta selected this year’s winners out of more than 150 applicants who shared stories of how they became #RootedinAg and aspire to inspire future generations in the agricultural field.

“We are extremely proud to support these excellent students in their academic endeavors,” said Wendell Calhoun, manager, marketing communications, Syngenta. “Year after year, it is an honor for Syngenta to recognize promising students like Nick, Adrienne and our other regional award winners as they prepare to shape the future of agriculture.”

In her winning essay, Blakey, a plant and soil sciences major, emphasizes the importance of integrity when it comes to ushering in the future of the industry: “What I have learned most about the agricultural industry that I will pass along to future generations is that our industry is immersed in integrity. From the researchers to the producers to the representatives of organizations like Syngenta that I have gotten to know, agriculturists are the epitome of people of integrity.”

Through his essay, Lord encourages students who may not come from an agricultural background to seek a place to belong within the industry: “My journey has shown me that, though my roots in agriculture began to grow a little late, anyone can find a niche in the agricultural community through which to make an impact.”

​​The other regional winners were bachelor’s students Colden Proe (Cornell University), Emily Nealy (Purdue University) and Micaela Fenton (Colorado State University), and master’s students Molly Darlington (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Raegan Wiggins (University of Georgia) and Faith Baier (Colorado State University). Continue reading

09-17-19 NWSS: Marcy and Bruce Benson Named 2020 Citizens of the West

Marcy and Bruce Benson, 2020 Citizen of the West

NWSS: Marcy and Bruce Benson Named 2020 Citizens of the West 

DENVER – The National Western Stock Show is proud to announce Marcy and Bruce Benson as the 2020 Citizens of the West. This prestigious annual award recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of Western pioneers and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals. A committee of community leaders selects recipients.

“I’m pleased to see that Bruce and Marcy Benson are being jointly honored as Citizens of the West.  It is a well-deserved honor for their many contributions in the fields of education, philanthropy and business in our community and state.” said Philip Anschutz, 2014 recipient of the Citizen of the West award.

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09-17-19 Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association: 2019 Pedal the Plains…

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association: 2019 Pedal the Plains…

SPRINGFIELD – More than 25 ranchers and their families were a part of the support team for Pedal the Plains bicyclists who rode through the Lamar-Holly-Springfield area on Sept. 13-15. Continue reading

09-17-19 NPPC Welcomes New Swine Inspection System, ‘Reflecting a 21st Century Industry’

NPPC Welcomes New Swine Inspection System, ‘Reflecting a 21st Century Industry’

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 17, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) finalized today its New Swine Inspection System (NSIS).

“We applaud the USDA for introducing a new inspection system that incentivizes investment in new technologies while ensuring a safe supply of wholesome American pork,” said National Pork Producers Council President David Herring, a producer from Lillington, N.C. “The U.S. pork production system is the envy of the world because we continuously adopt new practices and technologies, while enhancing safety, quality and consistency. This new inspection system codifies the advancements we have made into law, reflecting a 21st century industry.”

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