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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Ensuring viability in pork
production and agriculture
t iS Summertime, aNd there haS BeeN a lot haPPeNiNg at the North
Carolina Pork Council (NCPC), and I am sure you have been busy on your farms
and in your communities as well.
Recently, a delegation of NCPC members joined forces with producers from
other states and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) in Washington, D.C.,
to visit with members of Congress. NPPC works daily on many issues that impact the
pork industry, and during our Capitol Hill visits we were providing reinforcement to
the NPPC efforts. Here are some of the issues we discussed during visits in the offices
of seven of our U.S. House members and two U.S. Senators.
Foot and MoutH disease (FMd) Vaccine Bank
2016 NCPC President
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I think we can all agree that the PEDv outbreak showed how vulnerable the U.S. livestock industry is to diseases coming from other countries. If we were to have a FMD
outbreak, it would be devastating to our livestock industry with long-lasting effects.
We must find ways to be prepared if such an event were to occur, and more importantly, be diligent in using our bio-security procedures to prevent such an occurrence.
Building a strong vaccine bank to address the need for millions of vaccine doses in the
event of a medium- or large-scale outbreak is essential, and NPPC wants Congress to
appropriate at least $5 million to kick off this effort.
coMBating antiBiotic Resistant BacteRia (caRB)
CARB is an initiative designed to better understand antibiotic-resistant bacteria and
ways to prevent it through data collection of how much, and the ways, we currently
use antibiotics in food animal production. Adequate funding for implementing the
USDA Antimicrobial Resistance Plan is needed, and additional funds are needed for
antimicrobial resistance and alternatives research.
Trans-Pacific ParTnershiP (TPP)
NPPC is a strong supporter of free trade and led the ag community in supporting
TPP and getting Japan included. Expanded exports, as a result of the TPP, will be
of great benefit to U.S. pork producers. Some outstanding issues related to TPP are
being addressed, and we are urging support for moving forward on a strong, marketopening TPP this year.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Summer 2016
Letter From the President
The Babe Ruth of BBQ
Ncpc Contributing to Agriculture’s Next Generation of Leaders Through Warren Fellows Program
NCPC Profile: Returning to My Farming Roots
Sharing the Story of NC’s Hard-Working Farmers
Honoring Game-Changers in NC Agriculture
NCPC 2016 Scholarship Recipients
Youth Livestock Scholarships Awarded
NC Pork Report - Summer 2016