KLA leaders call on Congress, agency officials in Washington
Kansas Livestock Association officers and staff joined other livestock producers from across the country recently for the NCBA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The KLA group met with each member of the Kansas congressional delegation and a number of agency officials.
With the release of an immigration reform proposal by eight U.S. senators, KLA leaders made clear to the Kansas congressional delegation the livestock industry’s priorities for a final plan. The need was stressed for an effective guest worker program that addresses the year-round needs of livestock operations. Another priority highlighted by the group was an opportunity for undocumented workers currently in the U.S. to gain legal work status.
The KLA contingent also asked members of Congress to strike language from the 2008 farm bill that led to the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration livestock marketing rule. They also sought support for legislation addressing the shortcomings of the current mandatory Country of Origin Labeling program that is damaging trade relations with two of the largest U.S. beef customers, Canada and Mexico. The World Trade Organization has determined COOL violates U.S. trade obligations and that Canada and Mexico can levy retaliatory tariffs if the program is not brought into compliance by May 23.
KLA leaders heard from Ambassador Isi Siddiqui, chief ag negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He highlighted efforts to gain access for U.S. beef to China and regain access to the Russian market.
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