The National Pork Producers Council expressed strong support for livestock agriculture provisions in the Heroes Act introduced Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. These provisions include funding for the USDA to provide:
- Compensation for euthanized livestock that can't be processed into the food supply due to COVID-related packing plant capacity reductions. This fact sheet provides an overview of the current challenge faced by U.S. pork producers.
- Expanded direct payments to livestock famers who have suffered severe losses as COVID-related market disruptions have caused the value of their livestock to plummet. In USDA implementation of this program, NPPC continues to seek the removal of payment caps to ensure much-needed aid is extended to those farmers who need it most.
- Increased funding for animal health surveillance and laboratories, which have been tapped to perform COVID-19 testing during this human health emergency.
"U.S. pork producers are facing an unprecedented financial and animal welfare crisis," says Howard "A.V." Roth, NPPC president and a hog farmer from Wauzeka, Wis. "These provisions represent a critical lifeline for hog farmers struggling to weather this storm. We urge Congress to come together quickly on final legislation that includes these provisions.
"House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson has been a champion for U.S. pork producers and the daunting issues they are facing. We thank him for his support of these provisions."