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UK Stats on Animal Ag Updated

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UK national statistics from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs were recently updated, showing numbers on the slaughter of cattle, sheep and pigs. Key data for each industry slaughterings increased: Cattle 5%, Sheep 9%, and Pigs 9%. Production also increased for each industry increased: Cattle 5%, Sheep 11%, and Pigs 10%.

China's Trade Red Tape Impacts US Ag Exports

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Yes, China is a large market for US agricultural products. And this puts China in the driver's seat when US companies want to participate.

US farmers lose billions of dollars in sales each year because of China’s import restrictions on wheat, poultry, pork, cotton and other food and agricultural products, according to a recently released study from the US International Trade Commission. “China is our number one market for US agricultural product exports, but China’s unjustified trade barriers are blocking some of our goods such as wheat and beef,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said in response to the new International Trade Commission study.

This study, published March 2011, describes government policies and other factors affecting "the conditions of competition in China’s agricultural market and trade".

CAFOs Vs EPA, What Next?

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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.

 

Japanese Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Impact Pork Markets

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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.

Sharing Their Story: Farmers Do Care

Chris ChinnClick to play audioChris 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.

Chris Chinn can be found on Twitter at @chrischinn and she has a video she wants everyone to see: the Truth about Modern Pork Production.

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