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Rebecca Briggs
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PRIME Act now in the Senate - would allow meat sale at "custom slaughterhouses"

The Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance is encouraging people to call their senator to urge them to sign the PRIME Act:

Our best shot right now is in the Senate, which is still considering what to include in the next COVID relief bill. You can jump down to the latest Action Item below on how you can best help now.

The PRIME Act would allow the sale of meat processed at “custom slaughterhouses” within the same state, either direct to consumers or to restaurants and retailers who in turn sell direct to consumers. This means transparent, accountable meat sources to supply our local communities.

The PRIME Act is vital to supporting small-scale, local farmers both during this crisis and beyond. Huge meatpackers continue to be closed or operating with reduced production. In the meantime, wait times to get animals processed at the few small USDA-inspected slaughterhouses or their state equivalents in most states are now a year or more! We’ve heard of some slaughterhouses booking all the way out to 2022 – in other words, farmers having to reserve slots for animals that haven’t even been born yet. 

Small farmers are facing months without income, while consumers are seeing skyrocketing meat prices. At the same time, custom slaughterhouses are already operating safely in every state. They provide meat for hunters, homesteaders, and “cow share owners” – it makes no sense to prevent small farmers from selling meat processed in those facilities into their local markets. 

Please call your U.S. Senators and urge them to sign on to the PRIME Act, S. 1620.  

Find out more at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/category/farm-issues/prime-act.

Even if you have called before, please call again! We need to keep the pressure on our elected officials to truly support local farmers and local food.

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