New Oregon Meat Inspection Program To Combat Supply Delays, Lower Prices (Latest News)

As a result of a new initiative that would localize meat inspections, meat consumers in the state of Oregon should have easier access to a greater variety of locally produced goods, including beef and other items, at more affordable costs.

Because of this program, the state's capacity for processing meat will increase, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture will be able to examine all of the meat produced and sold within the state.

There are 13 USDA facilities in Oregon, but all are scheduled years in advance.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on July 28 granted permission to the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to begin its testing program under the condition that the criteria meet or exceed those of the federal agency.

Merkley hailed it as a victory for farmers and Oregon residents forced to contend with skyrocketing prices for meat.

Senator Merkley states, "This approval will assist Oregon farmers and ranchers in locally processing their livestock to offer cheap food."

There are 12,000 cattle ranchers in Oregon. In 2019, they exported products made from beef and veal worth $90 million, according to the figures provided by the state Agriculture Department and the federal government.