Small meatpackers in Kansas and across the country have been working long hours to keep our meat supply in stock during the pandemic. Following an announcement yesterday, I’m pleased to see the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be reducing inspection overtime fees for small and very small meatpackers by implementing my legislation with Senator Michael Bennet, the Small Packer Overtime and Holiday Fee Relief for COVID-19 Act. This decision will support small meatpacking plants that were operating longer hours during the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to process a high number of livestock to meet increased consumer demand for locally-grown meat products.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be reducing inspection overtime fees for small and very small meatpackers by implementing U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Michael Bennet’s (D-Colo.) legislation, t...