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House Ag Committee Holds Hearing on Condition of Livestock and Poultry Economies.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

Last Tuesday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Committee held a hearing to "Review the State of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Economies." Six witnesses appeared before the subcommittee including David Herring from the National Pork Producers Council, Steve Salmon from the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, John Zimmerman from the National Turkey Federation, Holly Porter from Delmarva Poultry, David Will from the United Egg Producers and Kelly Sullivan Georgiades from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. The hearing centered around the topics of international trade, disease prevention, labor needs and food security.

Chairman Jim Costa (D-CA) opened the hearing by acknowledging the importance of the agriculture industry at large and the role it plays in the U.S. and global economy. The Chairman addressed the role this nation and its producers play in feeding the world as well as setting a standard for quality, safety and nutrition in the food we eat. Ranking Member David Rouzer (R-NC) also commented on the importance of properly addressing and solving the issues the agriculture industry faces in wake of recent natural disasters, volatile feed costs, export struggles and devastating livestock diseases with a main focus on Avian Influenza and African Swine Fever.

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