Pork News - August 2017

For the latest Maryland Pork Producers Association (MPPA) Newsletter, click Pork News.

How to Succeed with the New Antibiotic Regulations

The Pork Checkoff hosted a one-hour webinar, "How to Succeed with the New Antibiotic Regulations", that was heard and seen in more than 20 countries. A panel of experts gave updates on how the new FDA antibiotic rules are affecting U.S. producers and answered participant questions. To access the recording, click webinar details. Registration is required.


NPB Celebrates "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week"

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) held their "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" November 14-20, 2016. "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" demonstrates why it's so critical to use antibiotics wisely to safeguard the health and well-being of people, animals, and the environment. The National Pork Board (NPB) used this opportunity to provide outreach on American pig farmers long history of doing what’s best for their animals, their customers and their communities.

“The ‘Get Smart About Antibiotics Week’ is a good time to reflect on our long history of accomplishments in the antibiotics area, such as 
using these medications responsibly and embracing the updated Pork Quality AssuranceSM Plus certification program,” said NPB President Jan Archer, a pig farmer from North Carolina. “As pig farmers, we are aware of the challenge of antibiotic resistance and are dedicated to working hard to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics, both on the farm and in human medicine.”

According to the CDC, the 2016 “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” marked an important year because Congress has allocated $160 million in new funding for the agency to implement its activities listed in the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB). The CDC is using this funding to accelerate outbreak detection and prevention, to support innovative research and to inform providers and the general public about antibiotic resistance and appropriate antibiotic use. NPB Press Release.

2017 National Pork Board Delegation Body

Maryland Pork Producers Association (MPPA) President, Jennifer Debnam has announced that at their annual meeting on Monday, August 8, 2016, the board elected Mike and Austin Stoner of Taneytown, MD as delegate candidates for the 2017 Delegation Body of the National Pork Board (Pork Act). This election was held in conjunction with the MPPA Annual Meeting at Bertucci’s in Annapolis. All Maryland Pork Producers were invited to attend.

“We are excited to have new representation at the upcoming Pork Industry Forum. The delegates will have the opportunity to meet and work with many national pork leaders”, said Debnam, who has attended in previous years. “When I have been, I have always found it to be a tremendous learning experience.”

The National Pork Board determines the manner in which checkoff monies, generated from the sale of pork, are spent. Checkoff funds can be used for promotion, research, and education.

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