September 9, 2005
September 9, 2005 -- Efforts continue for the re-authorization of Mandatory Price Reporting (MPR) for livestock with the U.S. Congress, following the August break. The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) visited with congressional officials and representatives of the beef and pork industries in the joint action to reauthorize the system for animal and meat price reporting in the United States.
"We understand that the U.S. House of Representatives plans to approve a five-year extension for H.R. 3408 in the next few days," commented Peter Orwick, ASI executive director. "ASI strongly supports the House Bill and is encouraging the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture to promptly act on a Senate version, preferably with the same provisions agreed to by the House Committee."
Also this week, the U.S. Senators from Iowa, Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin, introduced a bill to extend MPR for one year, similar to the action of the U.S. Congress in the fall of 2004.
"Efforts next week include plans to contact members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture to encourage them to approve a five-year extension. Sheep producers are encouraged to contact their senators who are members of this committee to join in a letter to Committee Chairman Chambliss (Ga.) supporting a five-year program. The timeframe is short since the current authorization will expire on September 30," concluded Orwick.Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33