Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Thursday, November 10, 2011

To the Editor:

Harry Truman famously advised those who want a friend in Washington to get a dog.

But Kansas livestock producers have a true friend in the nation's capital, and it's not a canine.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran has been a close ally throughout an 18-month battle to block or blunt a federal regulation greatly expanding the government's role in livestock marketing and discouraging alternative and innovative livestock marketing.

Most recently, he took to the Senate floor during debate on the agriculture spending bill to explain some of the serious problems with the regulation, known as the GIPSA rule. Among other things, Moran criticized USDA's rulemaking process, which included a number of irregularities and the negative impact it would have on Kansas livestock producers.

Moran deserves the heartfelt thanks of the Kansas livestock community for his help in this important fight.

Kent Condray

Chairman of the Board

Kansas Pork Association

Clifton, Kan.

Ken Grecian


Kansas Livestock Association

Palco, Kan.

Bill Donald


National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Melville, Montana

Doug Wolf


National Pork Producers Council

Lancaster, Wis.