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Ag committee approves pricing, veterinary bills

Ag committee approves pricing, veterinary bills

The House Agriculture committee passes two bills. The Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010 requires livestock sales information to be reported and published in a timely fashion. The Veterinary Services Investment Act would establish a competitive grant program at USDA to support efforts to increase access to veterinary care in underserved areas.

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved The Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010 (S. 3656) and The Veterinary
Services Investment Act (H.R. 3519).

The Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010 will reauthorize mandatory price reporting programs run by the USDA for five years. The act requires livestock sales information to be reported and published in a timely fashion, allowing buyers and sellers to make more informed decisions.

"The transparent, timely and accurate market information provided by mandatory price reporting programs is a vital and necessary
tool for agriculture producers," said Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, House Agriculture Committee Chairman.

The House Agriculture Committee passed mandatory price reporting legislation (H.R. 5852) on July 28. To ensure timely implementation,
the House approved the identical Senate-passed bill. The act now goes to the President's desk for his signature.

The Veterinary Services Investment Act would establish a competitive grant program at USDA to support efforts to increase access to
veterinary care in underserved areas.

"Rural areas are facing a critical and growing shortage of large animal veterinarians. These veterinarians are the first lines of
defense against animal disease and a crucial player in ensuring the safety of our food. This bill will encourage veterinarians to
serve these areas where their skills are needed," Peterson said.

The Veterinary Services Investment Act now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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