The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) hosted a press briefing Thursday with four pork producers to talk about the need for immediate aid and urge the U.S. Senate to adopt livestock agriculture provisions included in COVID-relief legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The impact of COVID-19 has caused hog values to plummet, creating a financial disaster for pork producers nationwide who face a collective $5 billion loss for the remainder of the year. Additionally, U.S. pork producers face staggering costs for the millions of hogs that will be euthanized as pigs back up on farms due to ongoing bottlenecks in the pork supply chain.
Participating in the briefing were:
NPPC president Howard A.V. Roth, Wisconsin
Iowa producer Mike Paustian
Minnesota producer Kevin Hugoson
Illinois producer Chad Leman
Listen to their stories here:
NPPC producers need COVID-relief (17:40)