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Pork group focuses on disease, demand issues

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Delegates still made the trek to the annual meeting of the Iowa Pork Producers Association Jan. 26, but a major winter storm the day before likely cost the group a quorum.

Despite that, delegates discussed a variety of topics, says Dennis Liljedahl, a producer from Essex and newly elected IPPA president.

Those included Iowa’s preparedness for a foreign animal disease outbreak.

“With COVID, we’ve seen how disruptive a major event can be,” Liljedahl says.

The global pandemic also highlighted the importance of promoting pork.

“The restaurants have either closed down or possibly reduced hours, and more people are staying home,” Liljedahl says. “The National Pork Board is working to help people learn how to cook our pork products.”

Exports were also a major topic of discussion, he says.

“China is a big market, but there are a lot of other markets out there, and we need to work on those as China rebuilds its herd,” Liljedahl says.

He says despite the pandemic, pork producers remain upbeat.

“There have been a lot of lessons learned in the last year,” Liljedahl says. “We’re hoping all the essential workers can get the (COVID-19) vaccine, and that everyone stays safe.”

While the delegates could not formally pass resolutions due to the lack of a quorum, these resolutions were passed as advisories. IPPA’s board of directors officially confirmed the list last week.

Here is a list of resolutions approved recently:

  • IPPA supports the concept and efforts of the two-year U.S. Swine Health Improvement Plan Pilot Project. This will include, but is not limited to, producers, processors and the Iowa Department of Agriculture.
  • IPPA, with the National Pork Producers Council and National Pork Board, supports the execution of the Pork Cutout Contract as a price discovery model and hedging vehicle, and supports that all the listed entities work with the CME in training and educational efforts for producers.
  • IPPA asks all producers to record and maintain pig movement records that include source premises ID and destination premises ID numbers in a format readily available to send to the Iowa State Veterinarian in the event of an FAD outbreak.
  • IPPA supports a one-year delay in an increase of the Strategic Investment Program (SIP) to July 1, 2022.
  • IPPA recommends state pork organizations invest a share of their SIP revenue with NPPC to assist with ongoing expenses.

The organization also thanked outgoing leader Mike Paustian, a producer from Walcott.

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Jeff DeYoung is livestock editor for Iowa Farmer Today, Missouri Farmer Today and Illinois Farmer Today.

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