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National Pork Producers Council

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The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is an industry group that represents the pork industry.[1] Its leaders are farmers with large hog farms and industry lobbyists from pork producing and packing corporations like Smithfield Foods. They have been identified as a supporter of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

About ALEC

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Lobbying Efforts

2012 Lobbying Data:

Lobbying Firm Amount Reported Issue
Bockorny Group $60,000 H.R. 965, Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2011 USDA-GIPSA Regulations Required Under Title XI of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008:Conduct in Violation of the Act - Implementation Meat and poultry food safety - no specific legislation, S. 1211, Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2011 S. 1026, Livestock Marketing Fairness Act S. 1157, Foodborne Illness Reduction Act of 2011 H.R. 3704, Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act

H.R. 3798, Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 S. 2141, A bill to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter. H.R. 4284, A bill to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter.Russia WTO Membership, Issues related to prescription drug user fee reauthorization Issues related to antibiotic research,

National Pork Producers Council $300,400 WTO DOHA ROUND, TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY; BILATERAL SPS/MARKET ACCESS ISSUES: ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHILE, CHINA, CUBA, EUROPEAN UNION, JAMAICA, JAPAN, KAZAKHSTAN, MEXICO, NEW ZEALAND, RUSSIA, SOUTH AFRICA, TAIWAN, THAILAND, VIETNAM; FTA FOR: COLOMBIA, PANAMA, SOUTH KOREA, TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, KOREA FTA, RUSSIA WTO MEMBERSHIP.FY 2011 AG APRO BILL, 2008 & 2012 FARM BILL, ECONOMIC CRISIS IN PORK INDUSTRY, ANTIBIOTICS, FOOD SAFETY, MEXICAN TRUCKING, FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS, DOJ-USDA WORKSHOPS TO EXPLORE COMPETITION & REGULATORY ISSUES IN THE AG INDUSTRY, S. 3656 MANDATORY PRICE REPORTING ACT OF 2010, GIPSA PROPOSED RULE TO IMPLEMENT LIVESTOCK REGULATIONS, HR 814 TRACEABILITY HR 815 AMENDMENT TO FEDERAL MEAT INSPECTION HR 875 FOOD SAFETY ADMINISTRATION HR 1332 SAFETY OF THE FOOD SUPPLY HR 2454 CLIMATE CHANGE HR 5504 IMPROVING NUTRITION FOR AMERICAS CHILDREN ACT S 3263/HR 5015 CHIEF VETERINARY OFFICER BILL S 3112/HR 4645 TRAVEL RESTRICTION REFORM & EXPORT ENHANCEMENT ACT S 510/HR 2749 FOOD SAFETY S 337/HR 1226 PROHIBITION OF IMPORTS (SWINE) FROM ARGENTINA S 3656/HR 5852 MANDATORY PRICE REPORTING ACT OF 2010 S 1089 PROMOTING AMERICAN AGRICULTURE & MEDICAL EXPORTS TO CUBA ACT OF 2009 S 1086 PACKERS/STOCKYARDS S 619/HR 1549 ANTIBIOTICS S 460 SPOT MARKETS S 3307 HEALTHY, HUNGER-FREE KIDS ACT OF 2010

HR 176 Anti-Hunger Empowerment Act of 2009 HR 305 Transportation of Horses HR 503 Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009 HR 540 Summer Food Service Rural Expansion Act HR 759 Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act of 2009 HR 814 Tracing and Recalling Agricultural Contamination Everywhere Act of 2009 HR 815 Safe and Fair Enforcement and Recall for Meat, Poultry and Food (SAFER) Act of 2009 HR 875 Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 HR 999 A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to improve food safety. HR 1225 Select Agent Program and Biosafety Improvement Act of 2009 (S 485) S 337/HR 1226 A bill to prohibit the importation of ruminants and swine, and fresh and frozen meat and products of ruminants and swine, from Argentina until the secretary of Agriculture certifies to Congress that every region of Argentina is free of foot and mouth disease without vaccination. S 92 Imported Seafood Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 S 337 Foot and Mouth Disease Prevention Act of 2009 (HR 1226) S 425 A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to provide for the establishment of a traceability system for food, to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspections Act, the Egg Products Inspection Act and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to provide for improved public health and food safety through enhanced enforcement, and for other purposes. S 429 A bill to ensure the safety of imported food products for the citizens of the United States, and for other purposes. S 485 - Select Agent Program and Biosafety Improvement Act of 2009 (HR 1225) HR 5027 Eating Healthy School Act of 2010, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, U.S. SENATE, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Executive Office of the President (EOP), Office of Management & Budget (OMB), S 527/HR 1426 PERMITS UNDER TITLE V - AG PRODUCTION HR 1438 PROHIBITION ON FEES FOR LIVESTOCK EMISSIONS FARM BILL WORKING LANDS CONSERVATION PROGRAMS -NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLANS -IMPLEMENTATION OF 2002 FARM BILL CONSERVATION PROGRAMS CLEAN AIR ACT -NATIONAL AGRICULTURE AIR QUALITY COMPLIANCE AGREEMENT -NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS FOR PARTICULATE MATTER -NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS FOR OZONE -CERCLA/EPCRA AIR EMISSION REPORTING CLEAN WATER ACT -REGULATIONS CONCERNING ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS (AAFOs) AND CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS (CAFOs) -AGRICULTURE STORM WATER -NPDES PERMITTING -CLEAN WATER RESTORATION ACT/WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES -MANAGEMENT OF MANURE NUTRIENTS -PROMULGATION OF TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOADS -REAUTHORIZATION OF CHESAPEAKE BAY AUTHORITY CLIMATE CHANGE -AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY & SECURITY ACT OF 2009

The Russell Group $60,000 GIPSA Proposed Rule to Implement Livestock Regulations; Issues related to the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 (H.R. 3798); Livestock and meat issues relative to the 2012 Farm Bill.

The National Pork Producers Council Spent 1.1 million on lobbying in 2008, 1.2 million in 2009, 1.1 million in 2010, and 1.3 million in 2011. [2]

the PPC does in-house lobbying, but also contracts out to major firms including the Bockorny Group and the Russell Group

2007 Farm Bill Policy Positions

"2007 NPPC Farm Bill Policy Positions:
Industry Structure:
  • Support the right of producers of any size or type of production system to market access and oppose anything that hinders that access.
Animal Care and Handling:
  • Oppose the inclusion of an animal-welfare title.
  • Oppose legislation and/or amendments that mandate production practices and/or place restrictions on how to raise animals.
Conservation and Energy
  • Include science-based, affordable and effective provisions dealing with the environment and conservation.
  • Support early release of CRP acres to crop production.
  • Support allowing the 51-cent-per-gallon ethanol blender’s tax credit and the 54-cent tariff on imported ethanol to expire.
Trade:
  • Expand access to foreign markets, continue promoting U.S. exports using the Market Access Program (MAP) funding and aggressively pursue export businesses to help increase demand for U.S. pork."[3]

Board

As of 2011:[4]

Past Presidents:

Articles and resources

SourceWatch Resources

References

  1. About us, Accessed July 28, 2011.
  2. Opensecrets: Lobbying Report on the National Pork Producers Council. Accessed July 30th, 2012.
  3. NC Pork Report
  4. Board of Directors, Accessed July 28, 2011.


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