Past Kansas Pork Association Chairman Michael Springer, of Springer Family Foods LLC, Independence, provided testimony at the first hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill last Thursday in Manhattan.

Springer discussed provisions that would help strengthen the industry’s competitiveness, including the establishment of a Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank. Springer also highlighted the risks of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) interim final rule on competitive injury.

U.S Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, moderated the hearing. Two panels of witnesses representing agriculture and other stakeholders in rural communities provided testimony.

“We start the journey to a successful and timely 2018 Farm Bill in the Heartland, because that is where it matters most…on our farms, ranches, businesses, and city and county halls across the countryside,” Roberts said. “No one understands the impacts of Farm Bills or policies set in Washington like America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Your experience – your story – is what we need to hear before we start writing a new Farm Bill.”

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Pork Industry gives testimony at Farm Bill Hearing