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NPPC: Pork Producers Pitch Public-Policy On Capitol Hill

by 5m Editor
23 March 2007, at 7:34am

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dozens of pork producers from across the country descended on Capitol Hill the past two days to lobby their senators and representatives on issues of importance to the U.S. pork industry.

More than 70 producers were in Washington to attend the spring legislative action conference of the National Pork Producers Council. Producers visited their congressional delegations, urging their lawmakers to:

  • Oppose legislation that would ban the use in livestock of certain antibiotics.

  • Support passage of the Peru and Colombia free trade agreements, which would open important South American markets to U.S. pork products.

  • Oppose so-called downer legislation that could keep as many as 1 million fatigued hogs out of the food supply.

  • Support legislation that would clarify that manure is not a hazardous substance subject to the Superfund laws.

Producers also pressed for a Farm Bill that helps the pork industry maintain its competitiveness in domestic and international markets. Congress is expected to write a new Farm Bill over the next few months. The 2002 Farm Bill expires in September.

“There are a number of critical issues that will have a direct impact on our industry’s ability to grow, to be profitable and to remain competitive in the global marketplace,” said NPPC President Jill Appell, a producer from Altona, Ill. “So it was important to have producers in Washington, talking with their lawmakers about how public policy affects them.

“Our industry is dealing with a multitude of pressures,” Appell said, “including a new Farm Bill, animal-rights activists, EPA rules on animal feeding operations, the challenges of the rapidly expanding corn-based ethanol industry and the prospect of stalled trade talks, which could affect our exports.”

NPPC’s fall legislative action conference will be held in September.

5m Editor