The National Pork Producers Council elected a new president at its annual business meeting. The National Pork Industry Forum took place last week in Orlando, Florida. Porkbusiness.com says David Herring, a hog farmer from North Carolina, is the new president. Herring is Vice President of Hog Slat, which supplies equipment to pork operations, as well as the VP of TDM Farms. He and his two brothers started the farm as a feeder pig operation in 1983. It’s now a sow farrow-to-finish operation, with farms in North Carolina, Illinois, and Indiana. Herring takes over for Jim Heimerl, an Ohio pork producer who now becomes the immediate past president and chair of the NPPC Trade Committee.
Howard A.V. Roth, a Wisconsin hog farmer, was elevated to the president-elect position with the organization. The fifth-generation farmer owns and operates Roth Feeder Pigs. Jen Sorenson, Iowa Select Farms communications director, was elected vice president by the NPPC Board of Directors. “David, A.V., and Jen all have a lot of good experience and leadership that will benefit NPPC and our producers greatly,” says NPPC CEO Neil Dirks. “With the additions to our Board of Directors, NPPC again has a strong team guiding our work of protecting the livelihoods of America’s pork producers.”
In looking ahead to the rest of 2019 and beyond, delegates at the Pork Industry Forum adopted several important policy issues they’ll be working on. African Swine Fever was top-of-mind for delegates. They adopted a resolution on strengthening the pork industry’s efforts to prevent foreign animal diseases from entering the U.S. One of the many ways they’ll do this is working with USDA and the Food and Drug Administration on restricting imports of soy-based animal feed from countries with a high risk of transmitting foreign animal diseases.
They’ll also continue to work on changing the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Hours of Service Rules. Haulers must remain in their trucks when animals are loaded, which the NPPC says should not count towards their “on-duty” time. They also passed a resolution calling for the USDA and FDA to be transparent in their regulation of cell-cultured meat products. “These resolutions reflect the concerns of the U.S. pork industry and the efforts we need to take to protect the livelihoods of producers,” says Herring. “NPPC will work with Congress, the Trump Administration, and others to tackle these and other issues important to our industry.”