National Pork Producers Council officials testified to U.S. lawmakers what the country’s pork producers want and don’t want to see in the next Farm Bill.

Addressing pork industry issues expected to be included in the 2007 Farm Bill, NPPC asked the Senate Agriculture Committee to:

* Allow the 51-cent-per-gallon ethanol blender’s tax credit and the 54-cent tariff on imported ethanol to expire. The point is that it could help ease corn supply pressures that are growing because of the rapid rise in ethanol production.

  • Dismantle regulatory hurdles to allow pork producers to incorporate conservation planning into their operations.
  • Increase EQIP funding allocations to pork producers so that they can raise the level of their environmental performance and address critical conservation and environmental needs on their operations.
  • Oppose a ban on non-ambulatory or fatigued hogs from entering the food supply.
  • Oppose a ban on certain antibiotics for use in livestock.
  • Oppose a ban on the use of sow stalls on farms that produce food animals that are purchased by the federal government.
  • Oppose efforts to eliminate or mandate livestock marketing or pricing mechanisms.
  • Support increases in funding for the Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development Program to boost pork exports.
  • Pass trade agreements negotiated with Peru, Colombia, Panama, and South Korea and extend Trade Promotion Authority.
  • Continue funding for government research related to the pork industry, including research on swine genetics, animal vaccines and animal productivity.

“As the next farm bill is written,” Joy Philippi, NPPC past president said, a pork producer from Bruning, Neb., “we hope that Congress will consider the needs of the nation’s pork producers.”

To read NPPC’s testimony on the Farm Bill, visit www.nppc.org.

Source: National Pork Producers Council