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Bill threatens state agriculture

There is an overreaching federal bill (HR 3599) introduced by Iowa Congressman Steve King that everyone should pay attention to.

This bill is the same as the one in 2014 that generated overwhelming opposition and was kept out of the farm bill.

It would block states from setting basic standards for the production or manufacture of agricultural products that are sold within their borders. It would also prohibit a state from regulating the sale of agricultural products from out of state. It would force us to accept food from states with low standards of food production and undercuts our farmers and our laws.

King’s plain goal is to support factory farmers and erase the successes of various animal welfare groups to provide farmed animals with more humane conditions. This bill would threaten state laws aimed at improving farmland, preventing runoff and limiting greenhouse gas emission from factory farmed animals.

The King bill is terrible for public health, animals and the environment - please call Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and tell her to oppose HR 3599.

Marilyn Meyer

Spokane


 

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