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STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL CONCERNING REJECTION OF EEP FUNDS FOR U.S. PORK SALES TO FORMER SOVIET UNION

STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL CONCERNING REJECTION OF
 EEP FUNDS FOR U.S. PORK SALES TO FORMER SOVIET UNION
 DES MOINES, Iowa, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is extremely disappointed and disheartened at the decision by the Bush Administration to reject the use of the Export Enhancement Program (EEP) to sell U.S. pork to the former Soviet Union.
 The decision is particularly frustrating in that the proposal had the support of over 60 members of Congress and met all the rigid criteria established by USDA and the State Department. Even more perplexing is that the NPPC cannot get a straight answer from administration officials as to why the use of EEP funds was rejected.
 NPPC thinks U.S. pork producers deserve better treatment from their government than this. It clearly shows that this administration still does not have the message when it comes to the need for value added exports. It sounds like business as usual.
 This is especially distressing because the announcement comes on the eve of a scheduled visit by the president of Prodintorg, the Russian buying agency making the request, to Washington, D.C. His visit was at the request of 20 members of Congress who do understand the importance of value added exports to the economy of America and the future of U.S. agriculture.
 NPPC intends to vigorously explore all options in this matter.
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 /CONTACT: Charles Harness of National Pork Producers Council, 515-223-2600/ CO: National Pork Producers Council ST: Iowa IN: SU:


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