At one time or another, most everyone has at least considered writing a letter to Congress – “to give those folks in Washington a piece of my mind.”

Your input can make a difference. But making your voice heard above the din of so many constituents isn’t easy.

To streamline the process, the National Pork Producers Council offers the following tips for contacting Congress.

- Call: To reach a legislator and give your views on an issue, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. If you don’t know your representative’s or senator’s name, just give your zip code to the operator to get connected with the lawmaker’s office.

- Write: If you’d rather put your thoughts on paper, you can write to your congressional representatives.

Address the letter like this:

The Honorable           

United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

or

The Honorable          

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Your voice can make a difference, but only if you take the time to use it and make your opinions known.