The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee last week held its third hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill. Focusing on agricultural trade with foreign nations, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, (D-Ark.), committee chairwoman, spoke about the jobs that would be created if the United States relaxed its trade and travel restrictions with Cuba.
U.S. Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk testified at the hearing along with Danny Murphy, vice president of the American Soybean Association, and Brent Roggie, general manager for the National Grape Cooperative Association.
Meanwhile, members of National Pork Producers Council Farm Bill Task Force met Wednesday and Thursday in St. Louis to begin discussions on issues pork producers would like to see addressed in the 2012 Farm Bill. The task force is co-chaired by NPPC President Sam Carney, a producer from Adair, Iowa, and NPPC President-elect Doug Wolf, a producer from Lancaster, Wis.
Congress already has held hearings on the next Farm Bill. The group will focus on titles of the Farm Bill important to the U.S. pork industry, including ones on the environment and energy, livestock, research and nutrition and credit and trade.