Farm Bill Letter

June 28, 2007

Washington, June 28, 2007 

June 28, 2007
The Honorable Collin Peterson
Chair, House Committee on Agriculture
1301 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Robert Goodlatte
Ranking Member, House Committee on Agriculture
1301 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Peterson and Ranking Member Goodlatte:

The national organizations signed below represent America’s farmers and ranchers and the industries which serve them.  We write to inform you of our keen interest in those provisions of Title I of the pending Farm Bill as approved by the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy & Poultry, specifically Section 123: “Effect of USDA Inspection and Determination of Non-Regulated Status.”

We support the intent and spirit of Section 123, and we urge its retention during full Committee consideration of the Farm Bill. We look forward to working with you and your staffs during development of the final committee bill, including Section 123.

U.S. animal agriculture is under increasing attack from several sectors which do not, for a variety of philosophical and political reasons, support progressive, science-based animal husbandry despite its demonstrated enhancement of animal wellbeing, food safety, quality, availability and price.  Many of these organizations increasingly lobby state and local governments – sometimes successfully — to ban livestock and poultry products which have met all U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements for safety and wholesomeness and have passed federal inspection.  These bans undermine the credibility of the USDA inspection program, distort interstate commerce, mislead the public, and unreasonably limit consumer food choices.

Again, we wish to state our support for the intent of Title I, Section 123, and pledge our cooperation in working with the full committee during consideration of this important language.

Sincerely,

American Farm Bureau Federation
American Feed Industry Association
American Meat Institute
American Veal Association
Artisan Farmers Alliance
Livestock Marketing Association
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
National Chicken Council
National Meat Association
National Milk Producers Federation
National Pork Producers Council
National Turkey Federation
United Egg Association
United Egg Producers