New bills would help processors meet meat demand

New bills would help processors meet meat demand

Farm Bureau is backing two recently introduced bills that would help more small meat and poultry plants sell their products in other states and better meet nationwide demand for beef, chicken and turkey.

Introduced on July 2, the Requiring Assistance to Meat Processors for Upgrading Plants (RAMP-UP) Act would establish a program to make facility upgrade and planning grants to existing meat and poultry processors to help them move to federal inspection, which will allow them to sell their products across state lines. The legislation would also require USDA to work with states and report on ways to improve the existing Cooperative Interstate Shipment program.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said this bill will help farmers, consumers and processors alike.

Read the full article on the American Farm Bureau Federation website.

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