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USDA furloughs posed threat to beef industry

Progressive Cattleman Editor David Cooper Published on 13 May 2013

051313 poll results 1The decision by USDA to furlough meat inspectors this year was seen by Progressive Cattleman readers as a bad idea that would have hurt the beef industry.

Luckily, the U.S. Congress agreed. Congress approved a $55 million spending package on March 21 that prevented the furloughs from hitting meat inspection facilities.

Reuters reported that lawmakers moved $55 million in Ag Department funding to shore up food safety agencies and their 8,400 inspectors.

As for respondents on the Progressive Cattleman poll, some 70 percent of readers responding felt the move passed by Congress to initiate the cuts was a bad call.

Only 17 percent found it a tough but necessary decision for budgetary times, and just 12 percent approved of it as a budget-balancing step.end mark