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US pork council praises Johanns for service

The National Pork Producers Council in the USA praised the out-going agricultural secretary Mike Johanns as a 'true friend of livestock producers'.

"Mike Johanns has been one of the best agriculture secretaries, a true friend of livestock producers," said NPPC president Jill Appell.


"The US pork industry is particularly thankful to secretary Johanns for his support of free trade agreements, which have been of tremendous importance to pork producers."


Chuck Conner
Deputy agriculture secretary Chuck Conner, who has been USDA's point person on the 2007 Farm Bill, will serve as acting secretary.


"As secretary Johanns pointed out, USDA and the agricultural community is in very capable hands with Chuck Conner at the helm, and we look forward to working with him," said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks.


"We wish Secretary Johanns good luck in his future endeavours," Dierks said. "He was a very good agriculture secretary and a good governor, and we're confident he'll be successful in whatever he does."


Address
Johanns made the announcement to leave just a day after addressing pork producers at NPPC's fall legislative action conference, at which he commended the US pork industry for its leadership on trade and animal identification.


"One of the really, really great partners we (USDA) have had over the last three years has been this industry, the pork industry," Johanns told more than 150 producers.


"You've been leaders in so many areas, including trade, and I want you to know, it's appreciated. We appreciate it immensely."


Related news items:
• US agricultural secretary leaves (21 Sept 2007)


Related websites:
• United States Department of Agriculture
• National Pork Producers Council


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