The 2020 Iowa Pork Congress has come and gone. There is new leadership at the top. Mike Paustian has taken the reins as President of the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA). During the Pork Congress, we had the chance to sit down and chat about what 2020 is looking like for the organization.
The last two years saw much of our focus being put on trade. Paustian says it is nice to see some of these issues being put to rest. However, the remaining Chinese tariffs are not doing us any favors.
Paustian says after playing defense on trade the past few years, IPPA wants to see market expansion happen. Paustian says strengthening deals in countries like Vietnam and the Philippines would help boost export demand for pork.
Disease prevention will continue to be a priority for the IPPA, especially concerning African Swine Fever (ASF). IPPA is dedicated to prevention and preparedness. The threat is ever-present, and Paustian says having a strong contingency plan is as important as the vigilance it will take to keep ASF out of the Western Hemisphere.
Paustian said that empowering producers to tell their story amongst growing hostility towards animal agriculture is a key to success for Iowa producers in 2020.
More information on IPPA’s goals for the new year and the initiatives they are supporting can be found right on their website.