January 2005 -- The U.S. House of Representatives the week of Nov. 22, 2004, approved a one-year extension of the Mandatory Price Reporting (MPR) program.
?Reauthorization of MPR for lamb has been a top priority for the American sheep industry,? stated American Sheep Industry Association Executive Director Peter Orwick. ?We applaud the U.S. House for extending the authorization of the reporting system.?
Although the authorization expired in late October, U.S. lamb companies continued to report lamb information in anticipation that Congress would in fact reauthorize the program in November. In addition to continuing the current lamb-price reports, wholesale prices of imported lamb will be included under a regulation finalized with the U.S. Department of Agriculture this fall.
?The lamb price-reporting system is, by USDA regulation, under the authorization, so we have been able to update and modify the lamb-reporting system since implementation in 2001,? added Orwick.
The legislation now heads to the White House for President Bush?s signature.
The U.S. Senate approved a one-year extension of MPR in October.