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A bipartisan group of legislators has reintroduced the Amplifying Processing of Livestock in the United States (A-PLUS) Act in the US House. The bill would remove outdated regulatory barriers and allow livestock auction market owners to own or invest in small and regional meatpackers.
Chelsea Good with the Livestock Marketing Association says she’s optimistic the bill will find success in the 118th Congress. “It really is a hot topic at the moment,” she says. “The robustness of the supply chains, the desire to have more competition in the packing space. This is something that there is a lot of agreement on and there is the potential to move.”
Good says this bill is an opportunity to increase packer competition and processing capacity.
Written by: Leah Jones