Members Advocate for Egg Farmers During Hill Visits

May 23, 2019

UEP Members and Staff Meet With Representative Collin Peterson, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture  L to R: David Lathem, Andrew Lathem, Brent Booker, Sandra Lausecker, Brian Barrett, Rob Knecht, Louie Perry, Chad Gregory, Congressman Peterson, Adam Dickerson, Craig Giroux, Steve Herbruck

UEP farmer-members met with more than 100 Senators, Representatives and staff members during the 2019 Legislative Board and Committee Meetings held May 15-17 in Washington, D.C. “Assuring egg producers have a strong voice on the issues that impact our daily operations and that our community is well-represented by our elected leaders has never been more important,” said Chad Gregory, president and CEO of UEP. “Navigating the myriad of regulatory programs and legislative matters is of great importance to our producers and the industry as a whole.”

An immigration solution to resolve labor shortages, flexible implementation of the new Farm Bill animal ag pest and disease program, food labeling, and checkoff programs were among the issues members discussed with their Congressional representatives.

UEP member visits were featured in FeedstuffsEgg industry joins food labeling discussion,”  and WattAGUEP members attended annual legislative visits.”  UEP President Chad Gregory was widely quoted in “Immigration proposal fails to offer ag worker solution,” in Feedstuffs.


Michigan Producers meet with Representative Fred Upton 

L to R: Rob Knecht, Steve Herbruck, Daniel Fields, Representative Fred Upton. Also in the meeting were Greg Herbruck, Adam Dickerson, and Mohamed Mousa









Indiana Producers meet with Representative Walorski

L to R: Martin Ledwaba, Paul Brennan, Cal Jackson, Representative Jackie Walorski, Joe Miller, Roger Seger












Iowa Producers meet with Senator Chuck Grassley

L to R: Marcus Beer, Bruce Dooyema, Kevin Stiles, Lisa Beohm, J.T. Dean, Craig Rowles, Senator Grassley, Jim Dean