Breeding stock will no longer be required to undergo TB testing
WORTHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday issued a federal order that will allow beef producers in modified bovine tuberculosis zones to transport their breeding animals across state lines without undergoing costly TB testing.
Farmers and agriculture experts offered suggestions to improve the federal crop insurance program Wednesday at a House subcommittee hearing.
Although they said the program has weaknesses, witnesses at the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management hearing agreed that federal crop insurance is the most important risk-management tool for farmers.
By Caitlyn Zachry, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
April 23, 2009
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