National Pork Producers Council President-Elect Joy Philippi offered a specific list of ways to improve farm policy in an open dialogue session on the new farm bill in Nashville, TN.

The Bruning, NE, producer said to benefit pork producers, new farm policy must be aimed at reducing or controlling costs of production, increasing the price received for pork products and increasing the quality of U.S. pork products.

In testimony before Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns in the first of several listening sessions, Philippi added that conservation cost-share funds for pork producers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program fell short of what was needed.

“Pork producers received less cost-share assistance than any other livestock species,” she said. “This must be corrected in new farm policy.”