SwineCast update for April 16, 2009, Trade Wins For Producers + NPPC's Nick Giordano on Administration and Trade Issues

Update for April 16, 2009

We’ve recently been to Washington for the NPPC’s Spring Legislative Action Conference and were impressed with the coordination and training in order to maximize effectiveness when pork producers ‘take to the Hill’. Many state legislatures around the nation are also in session battling budget issues heightened by the current economic crisis, but also seeing proposals fronted by HSUS and other extremist organizations.

If there has ever been a time for your action, preferably by direct contact through phone calls, letters or emails, this is that time. Many of these efforts utilize misinformation or bad science about animal welfare or environmental issues to limit production and profitability. Listen to the comments of Nick Giordano to share the importance of battling protectionism and maintaining free trade. Check with your pork organization to see what issues are critical in your area, then ‘take to the Hill’ in your state. And good luck!.

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SwineCast® Podcasts

Updates and information on the industry.
  • MP3 fileAudio: SwineCast 0409, Trade Wins For Producers.
  • MP3 fileAudio: SwineCast 0408, NPPC's Nick Giordano on Administration and Trade Issues.
  • MP3 fileAudio: SwineCast 0406, At The Meeting - The Morrison Group Reviews Credit Availability and More.
SwineCast® Headliners

Get the latest thoughts and commentary on the industry.
  • BlogBlog: Demand, by Dennis DiPietre. The price outlook to producers can be summarized as I have said before by observing "which falls faster, supply or demand". It is clear that both are falling, nationally and domestically, and the price responses still seem to suggest demand is falling faster than supply but a slowing is beginning to take place. Read more.
  • BlogBlog: Swine Industry Update, by Mark Greenwood. The cost to produce a hog is down from a year ago but the fact remains that everyone raising hogs today is losing money. The number of phone calls I receive today is very similar to a year ago when many producers were under financial stress. Everyone is wondering, “When are we going to get in the black again?” Read more.
  • BlogBlog: Jeremy Knutson provides insights on the markets. Read more.
SwineCast® Conference Connection

  • From The National Institute for Animal Agriculture's The Changing Face of Animal Agriculture conference held March 31 - April 1, 2009, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
    • MP3 fileVideo: Frank Beurskens - Meal Planning in the Supermarket Aisle: What consumers are telling us.
    • MP3 fileVideo: Dr. James MacDonald - The Transformation of United States Livestock Agriculture.
  • From the Pig Industry Forum, March 5-7, 2009, Dallas, Texas, USA.

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