House and Senate Farm Bill conferees intend to complete work on the Farm Bill upon returning to Washington, DC, after the Easter recess. AMI today launched a grass roots campaign to tell members of Congress, who will be in their home districts from March 25 to April 5, 2002, how the packer ownership ban and country of origin labeling proposals - both contained in the Senate's version of the Farm Bill - will hurt the meat industry.
House Farm bill carries fewer onerous
provisions for the meat industry and offers a
more prudent approach to agricultural
"We are convinced that once the
devastating impacts of these pieces of
legislation are made clear, it will dissuade
the rush to legislate," said AMI President J.
A number of economic reports
have concluded that the proposed national ban
on packer ownership, feeding and control of
livestock could have significant costs to the
cattle and hog industries. One recent study
put the cost to livestock producers alone at as
much as $10.9 billion.
AMI members may
access the grass roots letter by visiting this
AMI Launches Grass Roots Campaign to Strip Labeling, Packer Ownership Provisions From Final Farm BillMonday, March 25, 2002