Back to Work - NCBA's Colin Woodall Offers Fake Meat, WOTUS Brief as Dust Settles on MidtermsMon, 19 Nov 2018 13:19:41 CST
Beyond the impact that the midterm elections have had on the path moving forward for agricultural policy, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is paying close attention to many other issues as well. For instance, Colin Woodall of NCBA’s DC Office, has been keeping tabs on the controversial Waters of the US rule which was recently reinstated in 22 states after a South Carolina court ruling that essentially brought the Obama era rule back from the dead. However, Woodall says a new rule is expected to be put into place by this Christmas and hopefully put the issue to bed once and for all. One matter being closely monitored, too, is the issue of which federal agency has rightful claim to the regulatory authority of lab-grown protein products. In a recent interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, he talked about the direction these discussions are going.
“I do believe there is going to be a role for both agencies,” Woodall said referring to the US Department of Agriculture and the Food & Drug Administration. “FDA historically has been on that looks at new technologies and improves them. I think they can play that role here. They can look at the new technology - approve it if they want to. But, once it’s commercialized; once it’s on the market, then USDA needs to have that authority, because these companies are saying it is meat. If they want to play in the meat space, they need to be regulated like us.”
Woodall commended the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, for his staunch support of the meat industry in this debate. Woodall says Perdue has taken his frustration all the way to the White House to ensure that the concerns held by those represented by NCBA are heard by authorities at the highest level.
“Secretary Perdue has been great on this,” Woodall said. “We know he has our backs and he is going to do everything he can to make sure that when it comes to fake meat, that there is a level playing field out there.”
Listen to Woodall and Hays discuss some of the issues NCBA is monitoring in DC, like fake meat and the WOTUS rule, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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