In a ruling that will reduce uncertainty about how concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are regulated, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans stated that the US Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its "statutory authority" in requiring concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) apply for Clean Water Act permits.
"NPPC is very pleased with the 5th Circuit’s decision," said NPPC President Doug Wolf, a pork producer from Lancaster, Wis. "The court recognized a clear limit on EPA’s authority and required the agency to comply with the clean water law."
What is yet unclear is how the EPA will respond and if any of the State environmental agencies will adjust their approach to trying to regulate CAFOs through local action.
According to the US Meat Export Federation data, Japan bought $1.602 billion worth of American pork and related variety meats in 2010, 67% more than the next-largest buyer, Mexico, and 98% more than the third largest buyer, Canada.
“The concern is how much damage to the ports they had” in Japan, Jim Burns, a CME hog trader, said March 14. “And infrastructure-wise, even when the ports are open, how much product can they get into the country… and how can they distribute it?”
The markets appear to be reacting to short term concerns. Many believe the meat markets will recover.
Chris Chinn, a Missouri swine producer, is deeply committed to sharing with consumers about how modern pork production works. She hopes that her participation on the March 13th Agvocacy 2.0 South by Southwest panel will help highlight that farmers do care and they have a single goal in mind; producing healthy food for their family and for other families as well.
At SXSW on March 13, Emily Zweber (organic dairy), Jeff Fowle (rancher), Chris Chinn (pork), and Zach Hunnicutt (row crops) will share how farmers are using social and new media to bridge the gap between the 2% of the population who are farmers, and the remaining 98% of people who are not. The panel, moderated by Marla Schulman, are all family farmers who are driven and deeply committed to agriculture and want to share what they have with others.