An active role in climate change, favorable cabinet picks, or job stimulus package

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“President-elect Joe Biden has said his first priority in office will be curbing the spread of COVID-19, which has affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans and devastated the national economy.

“We expect a national strategy could impact animal food manufacturing at the state and local levels and will be working with the administration and Congress to ensure any new business requirements are purposeful for improving the safety and health of the 944,000 essential workers serving in this industry. We will also be working with the administration to prioritize access to personal protective equipment and COVID-19 vaccines, once available, to essential industries like ours,” ​she said, for openers.

Biden’s robust Build Back Better Plan looks to stimulate economic growth through job creation and investments in US infrastructure, from bridges to rural broadband, noted the AFIA lead.

“The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the need for broadband in many areas where our animal food manufacturing facilities are located, which will allow them to adapt their business practices to the ‘new normal,’ such as with the use of virtual inspections. We have been working in concert with our members through various coalitions calling on the need to boost rural broadband so this industry can stay competitive and connected.”

Tackling climate change

Biden continues to reinforce his commitment to solving climate change and moving the US toward a carbon-neutral strategy, continued Cullman.

“We expect this may mean the US will rejoin international coalitions aimed at curbing the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and are hopeful the administration will look to the US feed industry as a solution provider in this initiative.”

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