By preparing for Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) and African Swine Fever
- Encourage “Secure Pork Supply Plan” development with producers in conjunction with National Pork Board, NDA, UNL, processors, packers, and others.
- Explore use of FAD tools such as AgView, RABapp, SHIP, etc.
- Continue development of depopulation and disposal plans specific to Nebraska farms.
- Develop reliable FAD communication plans via multiple resources including social media, USDA and State Emergency Management, Veterinarians, Nebraska Extension, and National Pork Board.
Within our community
- Promote positive health aspects of pork consumption (dieticians, health care industry, chefs, Ag-in-Schools, etc.).
- Promote positive pork messaging to the public.
- Provide factual and current information about our industry, our products, and our farms.
- Utilize pork producers to tell their stories and educate through social media, farm tours, and pork promotion within their communities.
In the public policy arena
- “Be in the Room” at meetings, events, and hearings affecting our farmers.
- Support ‘livestock friendly’ office holders and candidates.
- Educate farmers on public policy issues and encourage their active participation.
- Support pro-livestock policies at the county and local government level.
- Work jointly with the Nebraska “Ag Leaders” group to promote strong ag policies.
- Be agile and active in addressing issues affecting the pork industry.
In the educational sector
- Foster impactful relationships at all school grade levels to enhance swine education.
- Work with 2-year college programs to develop swine curriculum (including use of USPCE on-line courses, internships, and Pork 101).
- Support swine industry career exploration for youth (FFA, 4-H, Ag classes, show pigs, others).
- Continue swine education development and collaboration with 4-year colleges and Extension.
In the commercial sector
- Work with food distributors, grocery stores, and others to promote pork sales.
- Work with chefs to expand pork menus (provide product, education, ideas).
- Collaborate with Nebraska’s Pro-Start program.
In promoting producer sustainability
- Work with Pork Board to define producer sustainability metrics in Nebraska and solicit participation.
- Educate about the benefits of renewable energy technologies on our farms.
- Work with other ag groups and organizations to address healthy soils and clean water initiatives.
In the research sector
- Use NPPA Research Committee and Check-off dollars to address unmet needs (including soil and water quality, manure benefits to soil, sow and pig welfare, etc.).
- Prioritize NPPA funding to Nebraska research projects and researchers when possible.
- Explore multi-state and public/private partnerships for research opportunities.
- Explore ways to enhance our swine research facilities.