Montana Introduces Legislation To Create Interstate Cooperative Meat Packing Compact
February 24, 2021 | View PDF
Helena -The Montana House of Representatives in partnership with other states has introduced House Bill 336 to create an Interstate Cooperative Meatpacking Compact. The purpose is to streamline interstate livestock commerce by removing state barriers and agreeing to meet federal regulations.
“Montana and other ag producing states have a long history of working together to meet the demands of our consumers,” Montana Speaker of the House Wylie Galt (R-Martinsdale) said Wednesday. “As state leaders, it is our job to remove barriers to commerce between our states. We believe this compact will mutually benefit our ag economies and increase consumer access to locally raised meat products.”
“As an eastern Montana fencing producer and feedlot operator, I can say that this compact will provide a much-needed infusion of interstate commerce to support our rural communities,” said Representative Brandon Ler (R-Savage) who is sponsoring HB 336.
South Dakota and other western/midwestern states have introduced similar legislation. HB 336 will receive its first hearing in the House Agriculture Committee on Feb. 23.