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Iowa House subcommittee passes poultry processing bill

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A bill in the Iowa House would help increase processing opportunities for small-scale poultry processors and producers.

Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig proposed the legislation and tells Brownfield it would allow poultry establishments to perform official inspected and custom-exempt processing at the same facility.

“If you’re an official red meat locker, you can do both official and custom, meaning that somebody can bring in an animal and take it home for home use,” Naig said, “But you can’t do that on the poultry side, and it has to do with how federal law is currently being interpreted.”

He says the availability of processors has been a challenge across the state.

Iowa House subcommittee passes poultry processing bill

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