Since October 2007 pork producers have faced unprecedented financial challenges, losing $20 per hog for much of that timeframe. Total equity decline for the industry is estimated at $6 billion. But, since February, the tide for producer profitability has started to turn to a significant degree. And that's good news to Sam Carney; the National Pork Producers Council's newly elected president. Carney says the number one priority is for the pork industry to get back to profitability.
Following the NPPC delegate session held in conjunction with the 2010 National Pork Industry Forum, Carney cited issues related to antibiotics and food safety, animal identification, the environment and trade as those high on NPPC's agenda. NPPC will continue to push Congress for free-trade agreements. Carney points out that the U.S. pork industry has tremendous potential for additional exports.
During the two-day business meeting, producer delegates from across the United States discussed and voted on resolutions used to guide the organization's efforts. In part, the NPPC body voted to: Invest additional resources in a strong pork industry image campaign; Support the development and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated swine disease surveillance system; The elimination of PRRS; and Oppose any new legislation or regulations that restrict marketing opportunities or interventions into hog markets.