May 23, 2008
May 23, 2008 - According to final 2007 Farm Bill language that was passed by both houses of Congress, a provision that would allow some state-inspected processors with 25 or fewer employees to ship product across state lines could still be 18 months away.
Once the bill becomes law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must solicit public comment on the interstate commerce provisions, including public meetings or hearings, then within 18 months issue final regulations.
The American Sheep Industry Association has supported this provision, saying it will allow many small plants the opportunity to grow their businesses and could increase local marketing options for sheep producers. Reprinted in part from meatingplace.com