Tyson Foods spent $611,937 lobbying in first quarter

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Tyson Foods Inc. spent $611,937 in the first quarter to lobby the government on ethanol policy, diesel tax credits and other issues, according to a recent disclosure report.

That's more than the $592,000 it spent in the year-ago period but less than the $625,865 it spent in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The Springdale, Ark.-based meat producer also lobbied on immigration, access to foreign markets including Korea, Japan, China, Mexico, a trucking pilot program with Mexico, and other issues in the January-through-March period.

Besides Congress, the company lobbied the Federal Maritime Commission, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies, according to the report filed April 19 with the House clerk's office

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