07.27.16

Bipartisan Senators to USDA: Address Organic Livestock, Poultry Concerns Before Publishing Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led a bipartisan group of 13 Senators in sending a second letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), requesting additional information regarding expressed concerns with the Agency’s proposed rule on revised organic livestock and poultry production standards.

“The proposed rule raises significant concerns regarding the impact on current organic poultry and egg producers as well as access and price for organic consumers,” the Senators said. “Further, proposed changes to outdoor access standards could have a detrimental impact to both animal health and food safety.”

Other Senators include Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; John McCain, R-Ariz.; Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Bob Casey, D-Penn.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; John Boozman, R-Ark.; John Hoeven, R-N.D.; Gary Peters, D-Mich.; David Perdue, R-Ga.; and Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

On May 26, leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees sent a letter requesting an extended public comment period. USDA granted an additional 30 days on June 7.

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing in May on the U.S. livestock and poultry sectors, which included testimony from a variety of producers.

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