Last week, in an editorial to the Wall Street Journal, Smithfield Foods' Chief Executive Officer C. Larry Pope said in addition to a temporary waiver, Congress should pass a bill that would lower the federal RFS when corn supplies fall below a certain threshold. A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the House to address this. It is sponsored by Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Jim Costa, D-Calif.
As the world's largest pork prodcer, Smithfield is reported to purchase about 128 million bushels of corn or corn byproducts a year.
Other groups signing the petition on Monday included the American Feed Industry Association, American Meat Institute, American Sheep Industries Association, California Dairy Campaign, Dairy Producers of New Mexico, Dairy Producers of Utah, Idaho Dairymen’s Association, Milk Producers Council, Nevada State Dairy Commission, North American Meat Association, Northwest Dairy Association, Oregon Dairy Farmers Association, Southeast Milk Inc., United Dairymen of Arizona and the Washington State Dairy Federation.