Processing Magazine

Tyson spent more than $555,000 lobbying in second quarter

August 20, 2008
The Associated Press reports that Tyson Foods Inc., the world''s largest meat processor, spent more than $555,000 in the second quarter lobbying the federal government on agriculture and trade issues, according to a recent disclosure form. Tyson has been hurt by embargoes on U.S. beef exported to Japan and South Korea. The company worked to have the trade bans lifted and also addressed chicken-related trade issues. Tyson also has complained that federal support of ethanol as an alternative fuel has helped drive up corn prices resulting in steep increases in feed costs. The company lists ethanol policy as one of its lobbying areas, and also sought an extension of renewable diesel tax credits and addressed other fuel issues. Tyson also lobbied on immigration law and on a Superfund issue related to animal manure, according to the July 21 filing with the House clerk''s office. Besides Congress, the company lobbied the departments of Energy and Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies in the April-June period.