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NPPC Congratulates Harkin and Welcomes Lincoln

by 5m Editor
10 September 2009, at 11:30am

US - The US National Pork Producers Council has praised as a “true friend“ of America’s pork producers the out-going Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, from Iowa, and welcomed long-time Agriculture Committee member Sen. Blanche Lincoln from Arkansas, as the panel’s new chairwoman.

"Senator Harkin has been a strong champion for and true friend of the U.S. pork industry, and NPPC is grateful for his leadership," said NPPC President Don Butler.

"It was his leadership that ensured that the 2008 Farm Bill was good for pork producers and didn’t contain any mischief for our industry."

Chairwoman Lincoln has served on the Senate Agriculture Committee since January 1999 and was the chair during the most recent Congress of the committee’s on Rural Revitalisation, Conservation, Forestry, and Credit Subcommittee. She served as the chair of the Subcommittee on Production, Income Protection, and Price Support, during the 110th Congress. In 2004, Lincoln founded the bipartisan Senate Hunger Caucus to help focus the Senate’s attention on the hunger that exists in the country. When she was a member of the House of Representatives, Lincoln served on the House Committee on Agriculture from 1993-1995.

"Senator Lincoln played key role in the 2008 Farm Bill debate, ensuring a strong safety net for America’s farm families," Mr Butler said.

"The US pork industry welcomes and congratulates her as the new chairwoman of the Agriculture Committee. Senator Lincoln knows and understands the livestock and poultry industries, and we look forward to continuing our work with her to advance issues important to U.S. pork producers and all of agriculture."