May 25, 2007
May 25, 2007 - The National Association for State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has introduced a new section to its Web site designated entirely to address the issues surrounding interstate meat sales. The address is www.nasda.org/InterstateMeatShipment
The Web site includes a number of resources, including the members of the Coalition for Fair Agriculture and Rural Markets (FARM), copies of legislation, bill summaries, press releases, issue papers, fact sheets and other information. There is also a "Petition to Congress" and addresses for House and Senate Agriculture Committee members.
On Monday, FARM forwarded a letter to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives expressing strong support for legislation that would allow state-inspected meat and poultry to be sold in the national marketplace. The letter contained 73 signatures from national, state and local organizations of which the American Sheep Industry Association was one.
Two bills have been introduced in the House-H.R. 1760 by Rep. Ron Kind (Wisc.); and H.R. 2315 by Reps. Earl Pomeroy (N.D.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.). According to the coalition, both bills will allow interstate sales of state-inspected meat and poultry. Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33