Press releases about Minnesota Pork Producers Association can be found below.

Lawmakers Ask EPA For Waiver Of Corn-Ethanol Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 2, 2012 – The National Pork Producers Council today praised a group of congressional lawmakers for asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to waive the federal mandate for the production of corn ethanol to help livestock and poultry producers weather the worst drought in more than 50 years.

Led by Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Steve Womack, R-Ark., and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., 156 members of the House today asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for the rest of the year to “help ease corn supply concerns and protect American consumers, livestock producers, and the economy.”

The lawmakers’ request follows the filing Monday by a coalition of livestock and poultry organizations, including NPPC, of a petition asking EPA to grant in whole or in part a waiver of the RFS for the remainder of 2012 and for part of 2013. Read more

NPPC Trade Policy Report


During the first half of 2012, U.S. exports of pork and pork products totaled 1,133,550 metric tons (MT) valued at $3.17 billion, an increase of about 5% by volume and 13% by value compared with the same period for 2011.

Free Trade Agreements

Exports will increase as a result of the implementation of free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The Korea and Colombia FTAs entered into force in March and May 2012, respectively. The U.S.-Panama FTA is expected to enter into force in the latter half of 2012.


NPPC Wants Taiwan To Lift Ractopamine Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2012 – In a letter sent today to Obama administration trade officials, the National Pork Producers Council expressed its strong objection to re-opening Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) negotiations with Taiwan because of that country’s continued failure to lift a ban on a widely approved dietary additive used in pork production.

The Taiwanese parliament recently voted to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports from cattle produced with Ractopamine but left the ban in place on pork produced with the same product. Read more

Coalition Urges Waiver Of RFS Because Of Drought Petition Asks EPA for One-Year Waiver of Ethanol Production Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2012 – As drought conditions become the worst in 50 years and corn yields are expected to drop significantly, a coalition of meat and poultry organizations today asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to waive the federal mandate for the production of corn ethanol.

In a petition delivered to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the coalition asked for a waiver “in whole or in substantial part” of the amount of renewable fuel that must be produced under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for the remainder of this year and for the portion of 2013 that is one year from the time the waiver becomes effective. Read more

NPPC Says Trade Barriers Need To Fall

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 26, 2012 – Pork producers and the U.S. economy are losing billions of dollars in exports because of non-science-based food-safety and health barriers erected by foreign countries, the National Pork Producers Council today told a House subcommittee.

Testifying on behalf of NPPC, Jim Boyer, a hog farmer from Ringsted, Iowa, told the Small Business Committee’s agriculture, energy and trade panel that so-called sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures are restricting market access for U.S. pork and are adversely affecting U.S. pork producers, particularly small ones like him. Read more