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National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) reports:

NPPC's top priority is a new COVID congressional relief package that includes much-needed financial assistance to U.S. pork producers in crisis. Following House-passed legislation that includes provisions very favorable for hog farmers and other livestock agriculture sectors,

NPPC is now urging the Senate to introduce companion legislation that includes these provisions. Specifically, NPPC is advocating for these measures:

1) compensation for euthanized or donated livestock that can't be processed into the food supply due to COVID-related packing plant capacity reductions;

2) expanded direct payments-without payment limitations-to livestock farmers who have suffered severe losses as COVID-related market disruptions have caused the value of their livestock to plummet;

3) increased funding for animal health surveillance and laboratories, which have been tapped to perform COVID-19 testing during this human health emergency; and

4) mental health assistance for our farmers who have faced a challenging unprecedented crisis. NPPC's legislative relations team is in ongoing dialogue with Senate offices, which recesses next week for the Independence Day holiday and reconvenes on July 20.

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