National Chicken Council President Mike Brown delivered testimony at today’s House Agriculture Committee hearing, “Uncertainty, Inflation, Regulations: Challenges for American Agriculture,” that focused on regulatory barriers and red tape holding back American agricultural production.
“The chicken industry is a model of American innovation and efficiency,” Brown said. “In fact, there is no more important food source in America. Chicken is healthy, sustainable, and affordable. Chicken supports millions of jobs and thousands of rural communities. Chicken provides nourishing, affordable protein for Americans. But overzealous and misguided regulations threaten to take chicken off the plate for millions. And those most vulnerable would be first in line: lower income earners, children who receive free and reduced cost school meals, and needy individuals who rely on food banks to feed their families. With soaring across-the-board inflation, the looming threat of recession, and geopolitical disruption, there has never been a worse time for needless governmental regulation.”
Brown specifically pointed out Packers and Stockyards Act rulemaking, processing line speeds and new Salmonella regulations as particularly burdensome.
“All of these regulatory programs share two things in common: One, there is no compelling justification for them, and two, they would drive unprecedented levels of food inflation and food scarcity,” Brown noted.
A full copy of Brown’s testimony can be found here.