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Animal ag groups send budget requests

A wide-ranging coalition of 42 agriculture groups has sent congressional appropriators a detailed proposal for funding programs that affect animal agriculture.

“The Animal Agriculture Coalition urges Congress to stop the raid on agriculture aid,” the groups said in an April 5 letter addressed to Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and ranking member Roy Blunt, R-Mo., House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and ranking member Sam Farr, D-Calif.

“Reverse course and stop the disproportionate cuts to the agriculture,” the letter continued. “Other agencies must begin doing their fair share to help reduce the federal deficit, just as agriculture has done over the past few years. Reliable and stable funding and, in some cases increased funding, is essential to support food safety and public health and to harmonize international standards for food and food products.”

The AAC includes representatives of aquaculture, beef, dairy, goats, horses, poultry, sheep, swine and minor food or fiber-producing species.

The coalition’s membership is remarkable since it ranges from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Meat Institute to R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America.

The coalition is chaired by Dudley Hoskins, the director of health and regulatory affairs at the American Horse Council. The vice chair is Gina Luke, the assistant director in the government relations division of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

April 5, 2102 – Animal Agriculture Coalition's FY2012 Budget Book