Your Call Can Make The Difference!

December 8, 2017

Dear Price Creek Farm Valued Customer & Friends:

First, thank you for your past business! You are critical to our continued success in providing the Gainesville and surrounding areas with high-quality and nutrient-dense meat and eggs.

As you know, we currently sell our pork under a special permit that requires us to label the meat “not for human consumption” because it is processed in a custom processor – and not a USDA-inspected facility.

The Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Action (or PRIME Act, HR2657) is a bill currently in the House under review by the Subcommittee on Livestock and Agriculture. The PRIME Act is a bill proposing that the exemptions for custom processors be expanded to allow:

“…for distribution to household consumers in the state or restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, grocery stores, or other establishments in the state that either prepare meals served directly to consumers or offer meat and food products for sale directly to consumers in the state.”

We are fortunate to have some local representatives serving on this subcommittee and you can help make a difference by reaching out to yours and encouraging them to support/co-sponsor the PRIME Act.  I’ve included the email as forwarded to us by the Weston A. Price Foundation which includes additional info about the Act, contact info for the representatives, etc.

Your action would be greatly appreciated and could make all the difference!

Kay & Scott Gove

Price Creek Farm

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Begin forwarded message:

Dear WAPF Member:

The scarcity of small-scale slaughterhouses is one of the biggest barriers to farmers’ ability to produce, and consumers’ ability to buy, locally raised meat.  Many farmers have to haul their animals several hours to get to a processor, increasing costs and creating stress for the animals – and for some, it’s just not feasible.

Florida has several members on the House Agriculture Committee, and (based on your zip code – see the list at the end of this email) your Representative is one of them – which means that he is in a key position to help address this problem!

H.R. 2657, the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption (PRIME) Act, would tackle the scarcity of small-scale slaughterhouses by allowing the sale of meat by the individual cut from “custom” slaughterhouses.  Currently, meat can only be sold by the individual cut if it is from an animal slaughtered and processed at a federal or state inspected facility.

Many farmers have a custom slaughterhouse much closer than a federal or state-inspected facility. But under the current law, if the animal is processed at a custom facility, the meat can only go to the individual or individuals who owned the animal at the time the slaughter took place.  This means that the customer(s) must buy the whole animal while it is still alive, effectively purchasing hundreds of pounds of meat without knowing the final weight or price per pound.  Not many people can or want to do this!

The PRIME Act would give individual states the freedom to permit intra-state distribution of custom-slaughtered meat to individual consumers and to restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores that directly serve consumers.  Beef, pork, lamb, and goat are covered under the bill.

The PRIME Act does not dictate what states should do.  Each state would be able to set the requirements and limitations on the custom slaughterhouses that it considers appropriate.

Custom slaughterhouses are generally small facilities where often only a few animals are slaughtered each day; contrast that with the USDA-inspected plants where up to 300-400 cattle are slaughtered per hour.  Small custom slaughterhouses can provide better quality control and safety than the massive plants that process the majority of meat in our country.

Will you help us build support for locally produced meat?  Since your Representative is on the Agriculture Committee, your voice could make an even greater difference!

TAKE ACTION:

Call or email your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 2657, the PRIME Act.

The following Florida Representatives are on the Agriculture Committee (see zip codes below):

Ted Yoho (FL-3), 202-225-5744

Neal Dunn (FL-2), 202-225-5235

Al Lawson Jr. (FL-5), 202-225-0123

Darren Soto (FL-9), 202-225-9889

If you’re not sure who your Representative is, see list of zip codes below or you can find out by going to www.house.gov or by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.  Remember, calls are far more effective, and they can take just a couple of minutes!  If you send an email, be sure to add a couple of sentences at the beginning to personalize it.

Sample message for calls/ emails:

As a constituent, I urge Representative ____ to co-sponsor H.R. 2657, the PRIME Act.

This important bill will make it easier for small farms and ranches to succeed financially and provide consumers with greater access to locally raised meats.  The bill simply removes the federal ban on the sale of meat from custom slaughterhouses directly to consumers and venues serving consumers within a state, subject to state law.  This returns power to the states to establish a regulatory scheme that makes sense for their citizens.

The PRIME Act is the first step to rebuilding local processing infrastructure, which can revive rural economies and enable communities to become more self-sufficient in meat production.

Please support our local farmers and consumer choice by co-sponsoring H.R. 2657.

Name

City, State

NOTE: Sometimes it can help to mention that some of their colleagues are already co-sponsors.  Here are the reps who have already signed on:

John Garamendi (D-CA) 

Jared Huffman (D-CA)

Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

Tom McClintock (R-CA)

Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

Find your zip code for each district:

Ted Yoho (FL-3), 202-225-5744

32065, 32068, 32073, 32079, 32083, 32091, 32112, 32113, 32131, 32134, 32139, 32140, 32147, 32148, 32157, 32177, 32181, 32187, 32189, 32193, 32234, 32601, 32603, 32605-32609, 32612, 32615-32618, 32622, 32631, 32640, 32641, 32643, 32653, 32656, 32658, 32664, 32666,32667, 32669, 32681, 32686, 32694, 32696, 32697, 34470, 34471, 34474-34476, 34479-34482, 34488

Neal Dunn (FL-2), 202-225-5235

32008, 32024, 32025, 32038, 32055, 32060-32062, 32064, 32066, 32071, 32094, 32096, 32301, 32303-32305, 32308-32312, 32317, 32320-32323, 32327, 32328, 32331, 32334, 32336, 32344, 32346-32348, 32355, 32356, 32358, 32359, 32361, 32399, 32401, 32403-32405, 32407-32410, 32413, 32420, 32421, 32423-32428, 32430-32432, 32437, 32438, 32440, 32442-32449, 32456, 32460, 32462, 32463, 32465, 32466, 32618, 32619, 32621, 32625, 32626, 32628, 32639, 32643, 32648, 32668, 32669, 32680, 32683, 32692, 32693, 32696, 34431, 34432, 34449, 34474, 34476, 34481, 34482, 34498

Al Lawson Jr. (FL-5), 202-225-0123

32003, 32026, 32043, 32044, 32054, 32058, 32025, 32040, 32052, 32053, 32055, 32059, 32063, 32072, 32087, 32096, 32202, 32204-32211, 32216-32222, 32225, 32234, 32244, 32246, 32254, 32277, 32301, 32303, 32304, 32305, 32308-32312, 32317, 32324, 32330-32333, 32336, 32340, 32343, 32344, 32350-32352, 32361, 32399

Darren Soto (FL-9), 202-225-9889

32792, 32803, 32806, 32807, 32809, 32812, 32814, 32817, 32821, 32822, 32824-32829, 32831, 32832, 32837, 33837, 33838, 33844, 33848, 33851, 33881, 33896, 34739, 34741, 34743, 34744, 34746, 34747, 34758, 34759, 34769, 34771-34773, 34972

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