Animal Welfare Standards; LMA Says New Trucking Rules Don’t Work
**The Trump administration is further delaying new animal-welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry production.
The effective date of the rule, which had already been delayed until November 14th, is now extended to May 14th.
According to Agri-Pulse, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service believes the Obama administration went too far in using a section of the Organic Foods Production Act to justify regulating animal welfare practices.
The Organic Trade Association has already filed suit to force the administration to implement the rule.
**A set of Congressionally mandated trucking rules are set to go into effect next month and the Livestock Marketing Association says the rules don’t work for the livestock industry.
Chelsea Good tells Brownfield Congress didn’t take into consideration the welfare of animals when mandating the Electronic Logging Device rule.
She says adding a few additional hours of drive time for livestock haulers could be beneficial, adding the LMA is working with a coalition of livestock industry groups to find additional solutions.
**An official with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service says the U.S. needs to focus trade negotiations on lowering tariffs with Japan.
Jason Hafemeister tells Brownfield Japan is a good market for the U.S., but high tariffs restrict market access.
He says the challenge is getting Japan to the table because they are focused on agreements with other countries in the European Union and the 10 other countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.