Urging Congress to help maintain, strengthen and defend the competitiveness of the
“It is imperative that the
NPPC addressed five issues critical to the pork industry: risk management, conservation and the environment, ethanol, animal welfare and market structure and information.
Philippi, a pork producer from
On the ethanol issue, NPPC expressed its concerns about the availability of corn for feed. Some analysts predict that by 2008 ethanol production will be large enough to significantly reduce corn stocks for other uses and to raise corn prices. “The rapidly growing demand for corn for ethanol production gives producers like me the jitters,” says
Animal welfare likely will be a contentious issue during the upcoming farm bill debate, with animal-rights groups pushing for restrictive provisions dealing housing and transportation. NPPC told the committee about the pork industry’s ongoing animal welfare efforts, including the Pork Quality Assurance and Trucker Quality Assurance programs, which promote responsible animal care through the application of scientifically sound practices.
You can read NPPC’s testimony on the farm bill at www.nppc.org.
National Pork Producers Council