Weekly Digest: Senate launches 2023 Farm Bill field hearings

Summary Highlights

  • Senate launches 2023 Farm Bill field hearings
  • Livestock origin rule update for organic dairy products
  • DFA Announces CoLAB Accelerator Program Participants
  • FDA issues guidelines for compounding animal drugs
  • Bill would allow livestock auction investments in small regional packers

Senate launches 2023 Farm Bill field hearings

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee will kick off field hearings on Farm Bill 2023 on April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. The first hearing will be at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, the home state of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), chair of the committee. The hearing will be streamed live here.

According to a statement from Stabenow and Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas), a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, the hearing will focus on agriculture, conservation, rural economic development, research, forestry, energy and nutrition policies. Witnesses will be announced before the hearing.

Livestock origin rule update for organic dairy products

The USDA has released additional information regarding the “Cattle Origin” Final Rule establishing uniform standards for the transition of dairy cattle to organic production.

Originally announced in late March, the rule was published in the Federal Register on April 5 and will go into effect on June 6. Certified organic farms must comply with all provisions of the rule by April 5, 2023.

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) will oversee the new rule, which generally:

  • Allows a dairy operation transitioning to organic or starting a new organic farm to transition non-organic animals just once.
  • Prohibits organic dairies from sourcing transitioning animals. Once a dairy is certified organic, the animals must be organic from the last third of gestation. Deviations may be requested by small businesses for specific scenarios.

The NOP will host an informational webinar on April 20 from 1-1:30 p.m. EST to provide an overview of the rule changes to USDA Organic Regulations and their impact on farms and organic companies. To view the webinar (webinar ID: 160 176 9899), click on this Zoom link or join by phone: (669) 254-5252 or (646) 828-7666.

The rule closes what many in the industry considered a “loophole” creating unfair organic marketing practices. Read: USDA announces livestock origin rule for organic dairy products.

Three named to Wisconsin export panel

Three members representing the dairy industry have been appointed to the newly created Wisconsin Agricultural Export Advisory Council (WAXC). This advice will help guide agricultural export efforts through the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports (WIAE), a collaborative project between the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP ) of the state and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The dairy representatives are: Chad Vincent, CEO, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin; Ryan Wucherer, Director of Global Sales, MCT Dairies; and Jeff Schwager, CEO, Sartori.

DFA Announces CoLAB Accelerator Program Participants

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has selected six startups to participate in its 2022 DFA CoLAB Accelerator program. The program is a 90-day collaborative program focused on dairy and processing innovations and new technologies for dairy farms. .

The companies are:

  • Cattle Scan, Guelph, Canada, develops real-time cow health monitoring technology – data is accessible on a cloud-based platform.
  • Hago Energetics, Camarillo, California, is developing technology to convert livestock waste into fuel cell-grade hydrogen
  • Lemna, Gilbert, Arizona, investigating the use of duckweed (aquatic plants) in an agricultural nutrient/wastewater management system
  • ReproHealth Technologies, Indianapolis, Indiana, is developing a device that improves the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology
  • Smack’d, Lehi, Utah, is developing a high-protein, low-sugar, and caffeinated chocolate milk drink for the adult market
  • Lyras, Aalborg, Denmark, is developing an ultraviolet (UV) light cold pasteurization technology that uses less energy and water compared to traditional pasteurization

Company representatives work with DFA’s DFA executives, other relevant investors and dairy industry leaders on finance, business development, distribution and supply chain, product development, creation branding, sales and marketing, packaging and pricing.

The DFA CoLAB 2022 Accelerator will conclude with a one-day demo presentation at the end of June, where startups will pitch and pitch their ideas.

FDA issues guidelines for compounding animal drugs

The FDA has issued final guidelines for the preparation of animal drugs.

Titled “Preparing Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances,” the guidance outlines the agency’s approach in situations where veterinarians use unapproved compound drugs to provide care appropriate to the medical needs of various animal species. animals they treat.

The FDA originally released the guidelines in 2019 and received feedback from veterinarians, pharmacy technicians and other stakeholders. The agency has created a library of tools to help educate stakeholders on the details of the policy and will conduct education efforts with relevant stakeholders before redirecting resources to inspection activities over the course of the year. fiscal year 2023.

Compounding animal medications is the process of combining, mixing, or modifying ingredients to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual animal or a small group of animals. Preparation of animal drugs using an FDA-approved drug as a starting point is already permitted by applicable laws and regulations. Animal medications made from bulk drug substances are not FDA approved, and the agency has not evaluated them to ensure that they are safe, effective, properly manufactured to ensure consistent quality, and that the labeling is complete and accurate.

Bill would allow livestock auction investments in small regional packers

US Representatives Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri) and Jimmy Panetta (D-California) introduced the Amplifying Processing of Livestock Act in the United States, or A-PLUS Act.

The bill would allow livestock auction markets to own an interest in, finance or participate in the management or operation of a slaughter facility with a slaughter capacity of less than 1,000 animals per day or 250,000 animals per year.

Proponents say the bill will allow small livestock auction companies to invest in a local processing facility to increase the processing capacity of livestock producers in their area.

Currently, livestock auction yards are not permitted to fund or operate processing facilities, a regulation that dates back to livestock terminal markets in the 1900s, when there was little separation between agents. buying and selling.

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Denise W. Whigham