This week the House of Representatives likely will vote on including the “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013,” the so-called Egg Bill, in the 2013 Farm Bill. The bill seeks to put into federal law an agreement between the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the United Egg Producers (UEP) to mandate federal egg production standards.

The legislation, strongly opposed by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation, would set a dangerous precedent allowing Congress and federal bureaucrats to regulate all on-farm animal production practices.

NPPC strongly encourages producers to contact their representative to urge him or her to vote against the Egg Bill amendment (H.R. 1731).

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Also, visit www.stophsus.com or call (855) 723-2847. NPPC would oppose the entire Farm Bill if the Egg Bill is included.

There is also a possibility for an amendment to strike the amendment offered at the Agriculture Committee markup in May by Rep. Steve King, R-IA, that prohibits states from imposing laws that place production conditions on agricultural goods sold within its own borders but produced in other states, according to NPPC.

NPPC is supportive of the original amendment offered by King and would oppose an amendment to strike.

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