SwineCast Update For March 4, 2010, Truth Of Animal Antibiotic Use?

In Kansas City for the Pork Industry Forum (PIF), the annual joint meeting of the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board. From this meeting you’ll be hearing presentations and interviews at SwineCast.com.

The pork industry has seen a rebound in prices of late (thankfully) and a re-focusing of strengths to challenge immediate threats. A recent program features Elite Pork’s Dr. Craig Rowles as one voice asking legislators to protect our access to the tools which ensure our animal’s well-being and productivity.

Adding your voice to those already being heard in Washington is a priority in 2010. Do not delay.

The Wall Street Journal just published an article (Suit Pits Historic Town vs. Big Pig Farms) highlighting the issues of local zoning control versus state statute with a Missouri pork producer in the hot seat. To his credit, even after the lawsuit was vacated by his selection of another building site, Dennis Gessling returned to the courtroom in defense of agriculture’s right to produce and appealed. The article illustrates the pork industry has many friends and, in times like these, knowing you’re not alone surely helps.

Be sure to look for the Pork Industry Forum conversations at SwineCast.com!
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