US lawmakers urge Biden administration to appeal slaughter line speed ruling

Senator Grassley and Representatives Hagedorn and Johnson are calling for the administration to appeal a court decision that would slow line speeds in slaughterhouses, saying the move leaves hog farmers at a disadvantage.
calendar icon 4 June 2021
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“We thank the lawmakers, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Reps. Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD), for their support in recognizing the damaging ramifications this court ruling will have on hog farmers,” said NPPC President Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms in West Des Moines, Iowa. “We urge other lawmakers to join the growing calls for USDA and the DOJ to quickly intervene, preventing this carnage to hog farmers,” she added.

“While the economic impact to these packers will be significant, it is the nation’s small- and medium-sized hog farmers who will suffer the greatest harm from upstream impacts. It is imperative that USDA act quickly to move for a stay of the judge’s order and an appeal to prevent this reduction in packing capacity, which is set to take place at the end of June,” the lawmakers noted in their letters.

Click here to view a copy of the letters, addressed to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Acting US Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar.

Click here to see US pork producer testimony about the impact of the court’s decision on their farm operations.

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