U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) has received the National Pork Producers Council's “Friend of the Pork Producer” award. Formerly known as the “Bronze Symbol Service Award,” the award is given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to create and increase economic opportunities for pork producers and whose support has helped to enhance the viability of the U.S. pork industry for the future.

Rep. Boswell accepted the award from NPPC President Keith Berry during a ceremony held in his honor in Washington, D.C. at NPPC’s 2004 Legislative Action Seminar.

“As a long time member of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Boswell has used his position to work toward educating members of Congress on several issues specific to the U.S. hog industry,” said Berry, a pork producer from Greencastle, Ind. “Earlier this year, Rep. Boswell played a critical role in deterring proposed legislation that would have banned fatigued hogs– which do not pose a food safety concern– from entering the U.S. food supply. The ban, which was not based on scientific evidence, would have had costly and devastating economic consequences for U.S. pork producers.”

Rep. Boswell has fought to bring common-sense ideals into discussions on agriculture, Berry continued. “U.S. pork producers look forward to working with the representative again this year on efforts to support a one-year extension of mandatory price reporting and to create a voluntary country-of-origin labeling system.”

Previous recipients of the award include President George W. Bush (R); Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa); Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa); Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Rep. Charles Stenholm (D-Texas), to name a few.

National Pork Producers Council