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Industry News NC Pork Producers Visit Congress T he National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) held its fall Legislative Action Conference September 16-17 in Washington, D.C. The biannual "fly-in" drew about 140 pork producers from around the country, including 20 who attended the first session of NPPC's 2015-16 Pork Leadership Institute (PLI), a grassroots leadership development program. North Carolina pork producer Santiago Vazquez is one of the participants in this year's PLI class. Producers lobbied congressional lawmakers on issues of importance to the U.S. pork industry, including: * Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) * Mandatory Price Reporting * EPA "Waters of the U.S." Rule (WOTUS) * Funding for Childhood Nutrition Programs * Tax Extenders: Restoring, reinstating, and renewing certain important tax credits related to deductions and depreciation David Herring, Congressman Richard Hudson (R-8th), Rhonda Campbell, Santiago Vazquez, Jim Lynch, Don Butler and Ray Summerlin. A highlight of the event was NPPC's Capitol Hill-famous "Rack of Pork" congressional reception that drew more than 600 Congressional members and staffers. North Carolina Pork Council President Ray Summerlin led the NC producer delegation in its visits to eight congressional offices. In addition to Vazquez and Summerlin, the NC delegation included David Herring of Hog Slat & TDM Farms, Jim Lynch of Maxwell Foods, Don Butler and Rhonda Campbell of Smithfield's Hog Production Division, and NCPC's Deborah Johnson. Seneca Valley Virus or FMD? Be Alert to Symptoms O ver the past couple of months, various pork industry organizations and trade publications have reported on Senecavirus A or "Seneca Valley Virus" (SVV). Present in the U.S. since the late 1980s, diagnosed cases of SVV have been on the increase in 2015 according to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV). The virus has been found in pig herds in a number of states including North Carolina. Seneca Valley Virus does not cause disease in humans and is not a food safety concern. Pigs eventually can recover from SVV and return to normal production. However, symptoms of SVV are similar to those associated with foot and mouth disease (FMD) as well as swine vesicular disease (SVD), both foreign animal diseases with the potential to greatly impact pork exports as well as domestic demand. Dr. Paul Sundberg, executive director of the Swine Health Information Center, was quoted by Brownfield Ag News as saying, "Seneca Valley virus is in the family of picornavirus, and that's the same family that foot and mouth disease is in. So the signs of Seneca Valley are going F a l l 2 0 15 * N C P o r k R epor t 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Fall 2015

Message from the President
Industry News
NCPC Launches Educational Campaign
Welcome to Our New Home
2016 NC Pork Conference
Profile: Megan Spence
6th Annual Livestock Lobby Day
NC Pork Producer Honors Former FFA Teacher
2015 State 4-H Livestock Contests
Interns Learn Important Skills While Working in the Pork Industry
Employees Honored for Education Efforts
Junior Market Swine Show
Index to Advertisers

NC Pork Report - Fall 2015