Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


NPPC Applauds USDA Oversight of Gene-Edited Livestock

Mon, 21 Dec 2020 12:15:05 CST

NPPC Applauds USDA Oversight of Gene-Edited Livestock In an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, the Trump administration today announced its intention for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to have primary oversight over gene-edited livestock, a decision applauded by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Gene editing is a promising new technology that can help farmers breed healthier, more resilient animals. NPPC was the leading advocate for USDA regulatory oversight over the last two years when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was claiming jurisdiction.


Gene editing is used to make specific changes within an animal’s own genome. Gene editing will allow U.S. farmers to produce animals that are more disease-resistant, require fewer antibiotics and have a reduced environmental footprint. Many changes made through gene editing could be achieved through conventional breeding. However, the cost and timeframe for approval of these type of edits is prohibitive under the FDA. Notwithstanding its significant promise, U.S. agriculture had been in a holding pattern, as USDA and the FDA were locked in a regulatory tug of war over authority on gene editing in livestock.

Meanwhile, China, Brazil, Canada and other global competitors moved ahead in the race to pursue this technology.


“Today’s announcement is a big step forward for America’s farmers, who have weathered significant challenges over the past few years,” said NPPC President Howard “AV” Roth, a pork producer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. “FDA regulation of gene editing will result in an impractical, lengthy and expensive approval process. Thankfully, that is not the administration’s intended plan. This announcement represents a critical milestone to ensuring American agriculture maintains its global competitive edge.”


The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) already has a review process in place for gene editing in plants, which can serve as a model for livestock. Today’s proposal is the first step in this process, and NPPC looks forward to USDA and FDA promptly signing a formal agreement on the regulation of this promising new technology in livestock.


Whenever new technologies are introduced, consumer acceptance is critical. The U.S. pork industry is committed to transparency when using this technology in the future; there are currently no gene-edited pigs entering the food supply. The focus now is on establishing a regulatory framework that will not stifle innovation and drive use of this breakthrough technology overseas. NPPC will always support the rights of consumers and hog farmers to have choice.


USDA’s rulemaking has a 60-day comment period. NPPC will be providing formal comments and will remain engaged to ensure USDA has primary oversight of gene editing in livestock.


Source- NPPC    



   

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Beef Prices Likely Will Not Rise Anymore as Consumers Deal with Inflation  Wed, 20 Oct 2021 20:06:24 CDT
  • Understanding Animal Disease Traceability with Dr. Rosslyn Biggs  Wed, 20 Oct 2021 19:55:57 CDT
  • Congressman Frank Lucas Sponsors Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 to Increasse Market Transparency  Wed, 20 Oct 2021 20:02:27 EDT
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Wed, 20 Oct 2021 17:37:48 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 2021  Wed, 20 Oct 2021 17:27:42 CDT
  • Hoegemeyer Celebrates 85 Years in the Western Corn Belt  Wed, 20 Oct 2021 17:21:47 CDT
  • Major Ag Groups Support Bill to Establish Cattle Contract Library  Wed, 20 Oct 2021 17:19:25 CDT
  • USCA VP Thanks Congress for Legislation Introduction to Establish Cattle Contract Library  Wed, 20 Oct 2021 16:57:55 CDT

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Beef council Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show Union Mutual Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.

       
       

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2021 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.