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USDA invests in small meat, poultry processors

The agency is also making revisions to the Packers and Stockyards Act
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $500 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand meat and poultry processing capacity, the agency announced.
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Congressman to FAA: Pilgrim’s facility not best fit for airport

Aderholt says public outcry over proposed rendering plant at airport in Gadsden, Alabama, should be taken into account before permits are issued
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt cautioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that a Pilgrim’s Pride rendering plant on airport property in Gadsden, Alabama, is not welcomed by his constituents in Gadsden and Etowah County
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Supreme Court rejects meat industry Proposition 12 lawsuit

The animal welfare initiative sets strict space requirements for farm animals and bans the sale of products from out-of-state producers that do not adhere to the law.
The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit filed by the North American Meat Institute against California’s Proposition 12. As a result, the lower court’s decision will stand, and out-of-state producers must comply with California’s animal welfare regulations.
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Colorado Supreme Court: Initiative 16 unconstitutional

Initiative would have set rules on how long animals could live and what could be defined as sexual abuse
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 7-0 on June 21 that Initiative 16 – which includes provisions on how long farm animals must live and defines sexual abuse of farm animals -- is unconstitutional.
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Vilsack to revisit organic poultry, livestock rule

Rule released during Vilsack’s first stint as agriculture secretary were rescinded during Sonny Perdue’s tenure
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is going to re-evaluate the final rule for the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices.
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JBS USA pressed for information on cyberattack, ransom

Chair of House Oversight and Reform Committee says detailed information needed on recent cyberattack in order to legislate effectively on ransomware and cybersecurity
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, says she is “deeply troubled” by the recent cybersecurity attack on JBS USA, as well as the company’s decision to pay the hackers – identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as Russian cybercrime group REvil – $11 million in ransom.
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Nevada passes cage-free egg production law

Utah, Michigan Washington, Oregon, California, Massachusetts and Rhode Island all have similar regulations.
Nevada governor Stephen Sisolak has signed into a law a ban on caged egg production by the end of 2024, the Humane Society of the United States announced June 8.
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Allen Harim ordered to address environmental issues

Company agrees to pay $150,340 penalty

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) signed a conciliation order with Allen Harim Foods that requires the poultry company to take actions protective of human health and the environment at its Millsboro and Harbeson facilities.


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USDA offers ways to help small poultry plants

Forms of financial assistance for such facilities are part of Consolidation Appropriations Act and American Rescue Plan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking steps to make sure that small meat and poultry slaughter and processing plants have the chance to succeed, a top agency official said.


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Post-Peterson ag policy priorities will differ in House

Rep. David Scott, the new agriculture committee chairman, represents constituents with very different concerns than those represented by the former chairman
Agricultural policy, at least from the standpoint from the U.S. House of Representatives, is likely to shift to a much more urban perspective with a new House Agriculture Committee chairman, said Ron Elving, senior Washington editor, National Public Radio (NPR).
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