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Senators Want Next COVID Aid Bill to Help Hog Farmers
USAgNet - 07/13/2020

Once Congress returns from its recess later this month, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley plans to push for the next coronavirus aid package to include the RELIEF for Producers Act of 2020, which would provide hog farmers with a critical lifeline to address the COVID-19 crisis, he told reporters last week.

Grassley, along with Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), introduced the bill last week, which would: compensate hog and poultry producers who are forced to euthanize or donate animals that can't be processed into the food supply due to COVID-related packing plant capacity reductions; increase funding for animal health surveillance and laboratories, which have appropriately assisted and shared resources with their public health partners; and revise the Commodity Credit Corporation charter so a pandemic-driven national emergency qualifies for funding.

"In a nutshell, this helps hog farmers and they really need help," said National Pork Producers Council Vice President & Counsel, Global Government Affairs Nick Giordano. "This is an unprecedented emergency in hog farming, so it's really important that Congress pass legislation to help hog farmers and that the president sign it," he added.

NPPC and 20 other agriculture groups sent a letter Thursday to Congressional leadership, urging for the next relief package to address the unprecedented emergency in U.S. agriculture.

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