The National Pork Producers Council has presented Rep. Adrian Smith with the “Friend of Pork” award at its fall legislative conference. 

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The award is reserved for members of Congress who demonstrate a strong commitment to and continually work to advance the U.S. pork industry. Smith is co-chairman of the House Modern Agriculture Caucus and has hosted animal welfare briefings to educate members of Congress and staff on food-animal production practices. Smith also has been helpful in reining in heavy-handed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on livestock producers, said the council.