Mandatory country-of-origin-labeling bills for beef and ground beef made it out of committees in Pierre and Cheyenne, but got no further in the farm and ranch friendly South Dakota and Wyoming Legislatures.

SDWYO_406x250Senate Bill 135 went down in the South Dakota Senate on Feb. 25. It would have required grocery stores in the Rushmore State…

With strong support from Republican members, the Montana House of Representatives approved a bill to allow the sale of unpasteurized raw milk by more than a two-to-one margin this week.

raw milk for sale signRep. Nancy Ballance’s House Bill 325 now goes to the Montana Senate for consideration. Balance, a Republican, joined with 55 other members of the GOP…

Three bills introduced into the Illinois General Assembly loosen up cottage food sales and promote farmers markets, but apparently are not intended to alter the state’s new raw milk law.

Illinois in 2016 aligned itself with the surrounding states of Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin by prohibiting any retail sales of milk without pasteurization. On-farm sales…

A bill that would allow the sale of unpasteurized raw milk in Montana is scheduled for a second reading before the state’s full House of Representatives today after earning committee approval by a one-vote margin.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-goat-milk-image24057054The House has until March 30 to advance Rep. Nancy Ballance’s House Bill 325 to the Montana Senate for consideration.…

iowacap_406x250Six lobbyists who appear to represent a coalition of agriculture and public health entities in Iowa filed Monday as opponents of Senate File 287, which would allow unpasteurized raw milk to be sold to “a final consumer.”

Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, dropped SF 287 into the hopper of Iowa’s 87th General Assembly Monday, but before…

The bill to make the direct sale of raw milk legal in Montana is part of a package to boost farm and ranch incomes in the Big Sky State.

The package includes cottage food legislation along with an agri-tourism section in addition to allowing milk to be sold without the benefit of pasteurization. All three…

If your business was subject to an unannounced, warrantless inspection, would you rather it be state or federal officials knocking on your door?

That very question is being raised in Virginia for about 400 farms that produce more than $25,000 in annual income from fresh fruits and vegetables. Those farms are subject to the rules…

As individual actions, they might not mean much. Collectively, they say Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) is not going away anytime soon.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-cheyenne-wyoming-state-capitol-image6563112Two states known for their cowboys, Wyoming and South Dakota, have seen early introduction of COOL bills in their legislatures, respectively, in Cheyenne and Pierre. Cattlemen headquartered in neighboring Montana have not given up on…

Tucked into a rambling bill “promoting agriculture in the Commonwealth” of Massachusetts that includes provisions on joy-riding all-terrain vehicle operators, rain sensors on residential landscape sprinkler systems, and sundry sections on land assessments, re-valuation and taxation, is language to legalize the sale of unpasteurized raw milk.

The Massachusetts bill, SD 1796, includes more than…