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Labor issues, regulations among NPPC priorities

2020 Corn Yield map
Year-over-year changes in county corn yield averages from 2019 to 2020 show the impact of last summer's derecho and drought conditions in Iowa. Corn yields fell 20% to 30% in the counties hit hardest by the derecho, which intensified as it moved across the middle of the state and reached peak wind speeds estimated at 140 miles per hour in Linn County. AFBF GRAPHIC

On the heels of its annual meeting last week, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) spelled out its priorities for 2021 and beyond, focusing on worker safety during COVID-19, addressing labor shortages in rural areas, ongoing legal actions against California’s Proposition 12 and environmental issues.

Newly installed NPPC President Jen Sorenson, from Iowa, noted worker safety is a must, but struck out against plans by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to put in temporary emergency health standards at meat processing plants that would require 6 feet of separation between each worker on the line.

“We...




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