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AMI, Livestock Groups Urge Adoption of Consensus Reauthorization In Testimony to the Senate Agriculture Committee

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Washington, D.C.— "AMI and its membership still believe that Mandatory Price Reporting is an extremely costly mandate that replaced a successful, voluntary reporting program that was widely used and provided meaningful data, " said American Meat Institute (AMI) President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle as he testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry yesterday.

"However, AMI has been working with its membership, as well as with livestock producer groups, to find consensus on reauthorizing the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act in a manner that makes the program more effective and efficient without increasing costs or regulatory burdens on the beef, pork and lamb sectors."

In his testimony, Boyle urged the adoption without amendment of consensus five-year reauthorization of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act that includes a few modest modifications to the existing law.

The consensus package was recently submitted to the House Agriculture Committee. A letter was submitted yesterday, noting key recommendations for the live hog reporting system and urging collaboration with industry to reauthorize provisions to the law. The authors, AMI, the National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, American Sheep Industry Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation, want to ensure that any modifications to the existing law promote a competitive, market-oriented environment and do not overly burden packers.

Boyle also noted that the consensus language was the result of almost two years of industry dialogue that began in July 2003. "Our organizations have worked hard together on this consensus document and hope that we may continue this partnership in moving this legislation forward without amendment and free of controversy."

To view a copy of the industry letter, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/AMIDocuments/MPR_Letter_to_Senate_Ag_Cmte_062205.pdf
To view Boyle's testimony in its entirety, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/AMIDocuments/June22_JPB_Testimony.pdf

For more information contact:
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs

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