Updated: Check out one attendee’s report from the first meeting.
JOINT NEWS RELEASE
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, R-CALF USA,
South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, and Western Organization of Resource Councils
For Immediate Release: April 7, 2017
Judith McGeary, FARFA: 512-484-8821
Bill Bullard, R-CALF USA: 406-670-8157
Silvia Christen, SDSGA: 605-342-0429
Rachel Zatterstrom, WORC: 970-409-9820
Groups Ask President to Shut Down USDA’s Animal ID Road Tour
Billings, Mont. – In a joint letter addressed to President Trump and Acting Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young, four groups ask for the cancellation of the seven upcoming meetings scheduled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address the agency’s plans to expand its Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule. The agency had only announced the all-day meetings less than 30 days before they were scheduled to begin in April.
Specifically, the groups ask that the USDA immediately halt any further action toward expansion of the existing ADT program, cancel the public meetings scheduled for April and May, and extend the comment period to allow a minimum 120 days for producers to provide written comment on the effectiveness of the existing ADT program.…