"… it has come to my attention that packing plants may be engaging in discriminatory actions against independent family farmers by prioritizing the processing of packer-owned hogs…from Jan. 10 to May 8, packer owned hogs sold into the market increased 7.4% while producer hogs sold during the same period dropped 8.8%... 

 

 

Lawmaker seeks protections for small pork producers

 

By Erica Shaffer, Meat+Poultry

05.21.2020

 

WASHINGTON – US Representative Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.), said in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that packer-owned hogs may be jumping the queue to meat packing plants ahead of hogs owned by independent pork producers.

 

“Packing-plant closures and disruptions have reduced production and created a backlog of market-ready hogs,” Hagedorn said in the letter. “This is expected to force the euthanization of up to 10 million animals, with the meat not processed and delivered to consumers. Making matters worse, it has come to my attention that packing plants may be engaging in discriminatory actions against independent family farmers by prioritizing the processing of packer-owned hogs.”

 

Citing US Department of Agriculture Mandatory Price Reporting data, Hagedorn said that from Jan. 10 to May 8, packer owned hogs sold into the market increased 7.4% while producer hogs sold during the same period dropped 8.8%. He said that while the drop in hog processing capacity reflected several factors, the “…dramatic and disproportionate” response had unfairly affected independent pork producers...

 

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