News

NPPC President Expects Lengthy TTIP Talks

NPPC President Expects Lengthy TTIP Talks

Photo: WNAX

Last week Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack indicated that Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary standards are delaying negotiations over the Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement between the United States and European Union.  National Pork Producers Council President Dr. Howard Hill says the E.U. has an unrealistic precautionary principle they follow over sanitary and phyto sanitary standards where they want no risk at all in products traded.

The technology Hill’s referring to are things like the feed additive ractompamine in pork and beef and bio technology in crops.  He expects negotiations over the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Act to take years to complete.

E.U. and U.S. negotiators are expected to meet in Virginia this month starting on the 19th and running through the 23rd. for another round of discussions.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Range Camp Held

Camping

The Society for Range Management, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, and SDSU Extension Service hosted a Range Camp for South Dakota youth to learn more about land management.

in Local

Blood Needed

blood

The LifeServe Blood Center is looking for volunteers to donate blood this summer.

in Local

4-H Chooses Community Project

money farm

The South Dakota State 4-H Youth Council has chosen the Ronald McDonald house as the state community project for the year.

in Local

Donation For Heartland Humane Society

puppy

The Heartland Humane Society on East Highway 50 in Yankton has received a third donation from the Otto Ullrich Memorial Trust.

in Local

Rounds: Highway Bill Stalled Due To Mistrust

Capitol 2014

Differences between the US House and Senate are slowing the progress of any new highway funding bill.