Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley on the Farm to Fork Supply Chain

May 11, 2020
Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On the Farm to Fork Supply Chain
Monday, May 11, 2020
 
The pandemic has disrupted just about everything Americans take for granted in life, including our food supply.
 
Empty grocery store shelves have greeted U.S. consumers, perhaps for the first time in their lifetimes.
 
The pandemic shines a national spotlight on the farm to fork supply chain.
 
Market disruptions are forcing farmers to make tough choices.
 
Milk is being dumped, eggs destroyed and market-ready hogs may have nowhere to go.
 
Farmers are shouldering a heavy burden, with profound impact to their livelihood and mental health.
 
As a champion for American agriculture, I’m leading efforts to help our farmers get through these tough times.
 
As always, Iowa pork producers want to do what they do best: put food on our tables.
 
They’re teaming up with local meat lockers and food banks to “Pass the Pork,” a statewide initiative launched by Iowa Governor Reynolds.
 
It aims to stock food pantries with hogs donated from local farmers and from financial contributions to cover the costs of processing and distribution.
 
When there’s a will there’s a way.
 
I salute Iowans pulling together the Iowa Way.
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