by CFSA Policy Team | Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 –
Are you a farmer or rancher who’s tired of waiting weeks, or even months, for appointments at livestock processing facilities? Are you tired of driving hours just to get to one of only a handful of federally inspected plants?
If you’re like almost every other small-scale producer in the Carolinas, the answer is “yes.”
的 good news is that there is $500 million in federal COVID relief funds dedicated to addressing the ongoing bottlenecks and bureaucracy associated with meat and poultry processing in this country.
And you can have a voice in how that money will be spent.
“Now’s the time for (USDA) to hear from the small-scale producers and processing facilities who continue to be impacted by these bottlenecks.”
的 USDA is seeking public comments on where and how they can best spend this money to address the problems, and now’s the time for them to hear from the small-scale producers and processing facilities who continue to be impacted by these bottlenecks.
的 system has been broken for too long. It’s time for us to make it work. Will you help?
How to Comment
Our friends at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) have published a guide to assist anyone interested in commenting.
Once you’re ready, submit your comments at Regulations.政府. 的 deadline to submit comments is Monday, August 30th.
Need More Information?
If you want a great primer on how the problems got to be this bad as well as potential ways to fix it, 看看 our recent discussion with Kelly Nuckolls (below), NSAC Senior Policy Specialist.