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Nebraska Representative Adrian Smith a Friend of Pork

14 September 2012

US - The National Pork Producers Council presented Republican representative for Nebraska Adrian Smith, with the “Friend of Pork” award at its fall legislative conference.

The award is reserved for members of Congress who demonstrate a strong commitment to and continually work to advance the US pork industry.

Mr Smith, a sixth-generation Nebraskan, representing the nation’s fifth largest hog-producing region, has been a very strong advocate for pork farmers here and abroad. He is co-chairman of the House Modern Agriculture Caucus and has hosted animal welfare briefings to educate members of Congress and staff on food-animal production practices.

Mr Smith also has been helpful in reining in heavy-handed US Environmental Protection Agency regulations on livestock producers.

He urged US Trade Representative Ron Kirk to get Colombia to remove its costly and non-science-based trichinae mitigation requirements on US pork and to make sure agriculture is included in the talks being held by a US-European Union working group that’s considering a US-EU free trade agreement.

“America’s pork producers have no better friend in Congress than Congressman Adrian Smith,” said Nebraska Pork Producers Association President-Elect Jan Miller.

“Adrian’s rural Nebraska roots are the basis of his strong common sense agriculture values.”

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