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NCBA's Ethan Lane Says Budget Bill Includes Several Good Things For Animal Agriculture
Tue, 29 Dec 2020 08:30:25 CST
The omnibus federal budget bill passed this week by Congress includes several items good for animal agriculture, said Ethan Lane, NCBA vice president of government affairs.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Ethan Lane
During an interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, Lane pointed out several issues the NCBA has been working on for a long time.
Livestock mandatory reporting has been extended through September which is good news as it gives us more time to work on a full five-year reauthorization of livestock mandatory reporting, Lane said.
There was some concern this might lapse but now weíve got it extended, he said.
Also included in the funding package was the approval to move animal gene editing oversight from the FDA to the USDA.
We always talk about the need to have the USDA in the driverís seat on important issues for animal agriculture, Lane said.
The USDA understands what we do and how we do it, Lane said.
What it really does, given the timing, is it gives the new administration a marker to move forward with in the future, Lane said.
Looking at President-elect Bidenís climate change team selections, Lane said there were no surprises.
Weíve been expecting to see this be the marque issue throughout the Biden administration, Lane said.
Seeing former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy returning is not a surprise, Lane said.
Biden has picked North Carolina environmental official Michael Regan to direct the EPA and Lane said he is someone the cattle industry can work with.
He has been open to discussing how animal agriculture fits into the conversation, Lane said.
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