WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson’s Butcher Block Act handed unanimously in the U.S. House Agriculture Committee Wednesday.
The bipartisan invoice would set up a mortgage program on the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development for brand spanking new and increasing meat processors.
It would additionally finance producer funding to drive competitors inside the meat packing trade in addition to allocating grants to entities to extend hiring and processing capability.
“Ranchers want extra shackle house,” mentioned Rep. Johnson. “The market is simply too concentrated and South Dakota cattle producers deserve extra choices on the place to promote their product. I’m grateful USDA has begun implementing my invoice already and I sit up for seeing the main points of this system codified.”
Rep. Johnson launched the Butcher Block Act with Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia again in June 2021. Following the introduction of the laws, the USDA introduced its intent to supply $500 million in grants to develop meat and poultry processing capability in July 2021.