NCC late last week joined several leading organizations representing the nation’s beef, pork, chicken and turkey farmers and ranchers and meat and poultry packers and processors in a letter to President Trump to reiterate our thanks for his signing of an Executive Order enacting the Defense Production Act to keep meat plants open.

“The Executive Order enacting the Defense Production Act to keep meat plants open is a key first step toward stabilizing the current plant capacity challenge and overcoming other major hurdles facing meat producers,” the groups wrote. “Given our unprecedented times and challenges in many major industries, there’s no way to know to what the extent or scope of continued disruptions might be, but we do know that, with the safety and well-being of essential people top of mind, our farmers and ranchers need and want to get their animals to market so we can continue delivering meat and poultry to consumers.”

In addtion to NCC, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation and North American Meat Institute signed the letter.

“The health and safety of the essential men and women in packing plants remains paramount,” the letter continued. “Companies already have taken extra steps to protect their employees, but the additional personal protective equipment and guidance made possible by enacting the Defense Production Act is welcome news. These heroic essential men and women are providing for their own families and keeping our country fed. They deserve our thanks and our support.”

The letter can be found by clicking here.