Not Perfect But They’ll Take It: Groups are calling for lawmakers to pass the Mini-bus Appropriations package

Farm groups are urgently calling for lawmakers to take action on the Mini-bus Appropriations package, which is a spending package of twelve or fewer
appropriations.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is asking Congress to pass it.
The group says that while it is not perfect, it advances several priorities like electronic ID tags and greater oversight on cultivated meat.

NCBA also emphasizes how detrimental a government shutdown would be as it restricts access to market information and disaster assistance.

That deadline to avoid a shutdown is approaching again this Friday.

For the fifth time in six months, USDA and other agencies are at risk of losing funding as fights over Spending Bills continue to delay progress.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says that 50,000 USDA employees would be furloughed, that is half of the department’s workforce. That would leave a big hole with less than two weeks left for producers to sign up for crop insurance and just as sign-ups for the Dairy Margin Coverage Program began again.

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