Additional Reaction From MoFU President To Product Of USA, Packers Rule Updates

Calling them small but needed steps, Missouri Farmers Union president Doctor Tom Coudron was among those who welcomed announcements made by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack this month aimed at supporting American meat and poultry producers.  Coudron says farmers and consumers stand to benefit from USDA’s new voluntary Product of USA rule that will limit what meat products can bill themselves as American-made.

Coudron adds that how major meat companies respond to the new rule is not entirely certain.

The new Product of USA rule will take effect in 2026.  Coudron also welcomed the latest phase of USDA rules concerning enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act.  He adds that more announcements are expected later this year.

Both USDA rules were announced during the National Farmers Union’s annual meeting this month in Arizona.