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Wins for pork producers in house farm bill

By Farms.com

The U.S. pork industry secured significant wins in the House Agriculture Committee's draft 2024 Farm Bill. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) praised the bill for addressing their top concerns, including:

  • Countering California's Proposition 12, a regulation affecting the sale of pork produced under certain housing standards.

  • Doubling funding for programs that promote U.S. pork exports.

  • Increasing resources to protect the nation's food supply from foreign animal diseases.

"We appreciate Chairman Thompson's willingness to address our industry's challenges," said NPPC President."The House Farm Bill reflects the importance of the pork industry and our commitment to working with policymakers."

The draft bill includes specific funding allocations for animal health programs:

  • $10 million annually for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).

  • $70 million annually for the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP).

  • $153 million annually for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB).

These programs play a crucial role in safeguarding U.S. livestock from diseases like African Swine Fever.

The House bill also aims to strengthen border security by codifying the USDA's National Detector Dog Training Center. This center trains canines to detect illegal agricultural products entering the U.S.

The Farm Bill is a crucial piece of legislation that sets policy for various agricultural sectors. The Senate Agriculture Committee is expected to release its own version of the bill soon. Both chambers will need to reconcile their proposals before sending a final bill to the President for approval.


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