Legislation aims to improve and expand local meat processing

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P. Scott Shearer, National Hog Farmer

Oct 09, 2020


Legislation was introduced by Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) to expand processing capacity for small meat and poultry producers and encourage more states to adopt state inspection programs.


The "Strengthening Local Processing Act" would increase the federal share of costs for state inspection from 50 to 65%. The federal share for Cooperative Interstate Shipment facilities would be increased from 60 to 80% which would encourage more states to implement state inspection programs and participate in CIS. Currently, 27 states have a state inspection program and eight states participate in CIS.


The legislation would authorize grants for small facilities and nongovernmental organizations to offset the cost of training new meat processors and for colleges and universities to provide training programs for meat processing.


Organizations supporting the legislation include the National Farmers Union, National Bison Association, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and U.S. Cattlemen's Association.


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