US pork producers lobby lawmakers on foreign animal disease, worker shortage

Source: Jennifer Shike, Farm Journal’s Pork, 1 December 2021, photo credit: Oregon Live

Preventing foreign animal diseases, addressing a shortage of agricultural workers and reauthorizing a livestock price reporting law top the list of issues that pork producers will lobby their congressional lawmakers over during the fall Capitol Hill fly-in of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

More than 100 producers from across the country are expected to participate virtually in NPPC’s Legislative Action Conference on Dec. 1-2.

“These are critical but by no means the only issues of concern to U.S. pork producers,” NPPC President Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms in West Des Moines, Iowa, said in a release. “Failure to address even one of these matters could make it very difficult for hog farmers to continue producing safe, nutritious pork for consumers around the globe. Our fly-in is an opportunity for producers to urge Congress to take action on important issues.”
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