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NPPC Praises Johanns Service

by 5m Editor
21 September 2007, at 10:01am

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Pork Producers Council dubbed US Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, a “true friend of livestock producers“ as he announced his resignation from the post. Speculators say he has stepped down so he can run for a Senate seat in 2008.

Johanns made the announcement shortly after addressing pork producers at NPPC’s autumn legislative action conference. At that meeting he commended the US pork industry for its leadership on trade and animal identification.

“One of the really, really great partners we (USDA) have had over the last three years has been the pork industry,” Johanns told more than 150 producers. “You’ve been leaders in so many areas, including trade, and I want you to know, it’s appreciated. We appreciate it immensely.”

NPPC President Jill Appell, said that Mike Johanns had been one of the country's best agriculture secretaries. “The US pork industry is particularly thankful to Secretary Johanns for his support of free trade agreements, which have been of tremendous importance to pork producers.”

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner, who has been USDA’s point person on the 2007 Farm Bill, will serve as acting secretary. NPPC has great confidence in his appointment and says that it is looking forward to working with him in the coming months.

5m Editor