Meat Inspectors Could Be Cut
Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent
Fri Feb 8, 2013 11:30 AM CST

LAS VEGAS (DTN) -- Across-the-board federal budget cuts could force USDA to furlough up to 6,000 meat inspectors for up to two weeks, plunging the meat industry into chaos and raising consumer prices, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a speech to the National Biodiesel Board Thursday.

In wide-ranging comments after his speech on the sequestration and the prospects for a new farm bill, Vilsack said the sequestration -- an across-the-board cut in government spending set to go into effect on March 1 if Congress does not change it -- would require USDA's Food and Safety and Inspection Service ...

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