Taking it to court (again) 🧑‍⚖️⚖️


🇺🇲🐷 A federal judge has scheduled an in-person hearing for Sept. 6 to address a motion aimed at blocking the implementation of Massachusetts’ Question 3 rule, which imposes restrictions on the sale of pork products derived from hogs and pigs raised in pens deemed too small. The lawsuit argues that the law unfairly discriminates against hog farmers and pork processors from outside of the state, but highlights this isn't a replay of what's been said about California's Proposition 12 earlier this year. 

  • The upcoming proceedings will likely have significant implications for the pork industry in Massachusetts and beyond… So keep a sharp eye on the unfoldings here.



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They want to hear from YOU 👂🫵

🇺🇲💡 The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking comments on a proposed rule to amend regulations governing its Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection (AQI) program user fees. Jointly administered with the US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, the highly successful AQI program aims to ensure that cargo and passenger baggage entering the country is inspected for plant pests and potential sources of animal diseases that could affect our agriculture, trade and commerce

Good luck barbecue 🍖🍀

🐷🗓️ After a successful barbeque to kick off the annual Iowa Swine Day (which clearly gave us good luck!), Dr. John Patience kicked off the official program. The Iowa Swine Day – sponsored by AB Vista, TechMix and Lynch Family Companies – has been evolving by the year: the 2023 edition accounted for over 500 attendees and mixed topics relevant for the industry with good social opportunities for the industry folks and students.

The lowest in a decade? 🗓️📉

🔮💸 The USDA has recently lowered its forecasts for pork production for 2023 by 0.4%. That means the current forecast for pork production this year is still an increase of 1% compared to 2022, but the forecast for the available domestic supply of pork per capita is a decrease of 2.9% from a year ago – and that will continue at almost the same level in 2024. These are the lowest in a decade!