Sen. John Thune re-introduces bill to strengthen and support small meat processors

Senator ThuneRAPID CITY, S.D. – Keeping locally raised meat local and strengthening small meat processors is the focus of a bill that Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has re-introduced in Washington.

The Strengthening Local Processing Act would provide incentives for creating local processing facilities, which Thune says could lower the cost of product because of competition.

There would also be educational opportunities for processors to keep up with things like the requirements of federal inspections.

Thune says this is important because it serves as a marker for the Farm Bill that will replace the one that expires in September. The re-introduction starts getting ideas out there on what should be in the updated version.

Thune also plans to continue introducing Farm Bill proposals before September when the current bill expires.

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