SwineCast Update for March 17, 2011, CAFOs Vs. EPA, What Next?

Several issues affecting the pork industry. First, there is what appears to be short term concern over exports to Japan due to the earthquake and nuclear disaster.

From PorkNetwork.com "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?"

Second, in a ruling that will reduce uncertainty about how concentrated animal feeding operations 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 CAFOs apply for Clean Water Act permits.

These both highlight the need to have in place plans and take action when needed.

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Agriculture Telling its Story

  • Sharing Their Story: Farmers Do Care - Chris 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.
  • Impacts of Rural Crime? - Crime does occur on the farm. How does this impact operations? What are the efforts to reduce rural crime? This Agchat discussion shares the issues and ideas on reducing this type of crime.
  • CAFOs Vs EPA, What Next? -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.
  • Japanese Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Impact Pork Markets - According to the US Meat Export Federation data, Japan bought $1.6 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.

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