Lawmakers Urge Administration to Appeal Damaging Court Ruling

Congressional lawmakers are spearheading a couple of letters to the administration asking the USDA and Department of Justice to appeal a recent federal court ruling. If left unchallenged, they say the ruling will cause tremendous financial harm to American hog farmers starting at the end of this month. The federal court’s decision that takes effect on June 29 struck down a provision of the USDA’s New Swine Inspection System allowing for faster harvest facility line speeds. The system got approved for industry adoption in 2019. At a time when the U.S. faces a much-needed increase in pork harvest capacity, the court order will reduce plant capacity at six plants that are currently running at a quicker harvest pace by as much as 25 percent. “While the economic impact to the packers will be significant, it’s the nation’s small-and-medium-sized farmers who will suffer the greatest harm from upstream impacts,” the lawmakers say in the letters. NPPC President Jen Sorenson thanked the lawmakers who spearheaded the letter and urged other lawmakers to join the growing calls for USDA and the DOJ to quickly intervene and “prevent this carnage to hog farmers.” Producers looking for more information about the impact of the court’s decision can go to www.nppc.org.

Related articles

Not So Fast: Rabobank Reports Beef Market Headwinds

A Rabobank research paper analyzes the headwinds cattle producers face in rebuilding the cattle herd moving forward. At the 2023 NCBA Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans, Lance Zimmerman- Rabobank Animal Protein Senior Analyst, explains...

CattleFax Forecast for Producer Profitability in 2023

The CattleFax Outlook Seminar at the annual Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans dug into expert market and weather analysis for the coming year. Prices and profitability will again favor cattle producers in 2023. The...

USDA’s Taylor Challenged on Lack of Market Access Trade Deals

“Market Access”—a theme that won’t go away for USDA officials confronted routinely on the topic by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. South Dakota’s John Thune challenged USDA Trade Undersecretary Alexis Taylor to defend developing deals like...

Legislation Designed to Protect U.S. Ag from Foreign Adversaries

The bipartisan Promoting Agriculture Safeguards and Security (PASS) Act was introduced in both congressional chambers. It will protect U.S. national security by preventing foreign adversaries from taking any ownership or control of agricultural land...

Brazil Reinstates Ethanol Import Tariff

Brazil’s Foreign Trade Chamber reinstated the 18 percent import tariff on ethanol, making U.S. imports less price competitive in the country. The recent zero percent import tariff got put in place last year by...

Latest articles

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: