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House approves livestock, grain standards reauthorizations

House approves livestock, grain standards reauthorizations
House approval sends suite of re-authorizations to the President's desk

The House on Monday approved reauthorizations of the Mandatory Price Reporting Act, the United States Grain Standards Act and the National Forest Foundation Act through passage of H.R. 2051.

Legislative language to reauthorize each of these was introduced, reported by the House Agriculture Committee, and passed by the House on voice vote as standalone measures on June 9.

The Mandatory Price Reporting Act and the Grain Standards Act authorities are set to expire on Sept. 30.

House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said the bill will provide certainty for farmers and ranchers and prevent devastating impacts on the U.S. meat industry and grain exporters.

House approval sends suite of reauthorizations to the President's desk (Thinkstock/Fotokostic)

The livestock reporting portion of H.R. 2051 requires meat packers to report to USDA the prices they pay for cattle, hogs and lambs and other information. USDA publishes twice-daily reports with information on pricing, contracting for purchase, supply and demand conditions for livestock, livestock production and livestock products.

The Grain Standards Act instructs USDA to conduct grain inspections that help establish market standards.

The final title of H.R. 2051 is the authority for the National Forest Foundation. 

Chartered by Congress, the National Forest Foundation is the non-profit partner of the U.S. Forest Service with the primary purpose of helping the agency restore and enhance National Forests and Grasslands.

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