The executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association says he’s concerned the U.S. Senate will again consider a measure to ban packer ownership of livestock.
Earlier this year, Nebraska’s Unicameral approved legislation to allow packer ownership of hogs.
Al Juhnke says the federal ban bill could pose a serious problem.
“Nebraska was the last state in the nation to not allow packer ownership with packers from within their own state,” Juhnke says. “Here in Nebraska, we have Tyson and Hormel and Smithfield that have packing plants. They were not allowed to own animals in a farmer’s barn out on the farm where everyone else could do that.”
Juhnke says allowing packers to own hogs benefits the average pork producer. He says his group will work with Nebraska’s Congressional delegation, as well as other states and their national group, to push back against Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley’s packer ownership ban bill.
“We’ll be gathering information on this and other federal issues,” Juhnke says. “We’ll have a contingency out in D.C. again in September. Certainly, we’re going to sit down and visit with all of our delegates on what works for Nebraska pork producers.”
Juhnke says they’ll also bring up the issue during World Pork Expo in Des Moines next month.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton