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AMI Launches Grass Roots Campaign to Strip Labeling, Packer Ownership Provisions From Final Farm Bill

Monday, March 25, 2002

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.
The House Farm bill carries fewer onerous provisions for the meat industry and offers a more prudent approach to agricultural policy.
"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. Patrick Boyle.
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 link: http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=GrassrootsActivities&NavMenuID=300&template=Grassroots/issueDisplay.cfm&GrassRootsID=31.

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