The National Chicken Council, along with broad coalition of 78 food and agriculture associations, sent a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees requesting that as part of the committee’s recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, “you include a two-year moratorium on all discretionary, non-essential regulatory actions that would increase the cost of food and agriculture production and processing.”

“Congress has long been strongly supportive of policy that has led this country’s agricultural producers to provide their fellow Americans with a safe, abundant, and affordable supply of food, fiber and energy.  A key to continuing this bounty is to ensure that federal policy avoids or minimizes cost increases that will hit farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness across the United States,” the letter stated.  However, current action by federal agencies threaten to do the opposite, the letter pointed out, so extraordinary measures are called for to reduce the climate of uncertainty created by burdensome regulations, included those that are pending.

Each House and Senate Committee must submit recommendations to the super committee as part of the deficit reduction effort. Should no recommendations be sent, the super committee will decide what needs to be cut for the committee.