They are: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, John Boozman of Arkansas, John Hoeven of North Dakota and Joni Ernst of Iowa, ranking Agriculture Committee member Debbie Stabenow, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
If you or your members have connections with these Senators or can develop a connection, please contact their local or DC office to support the continued inclusion of the following section championed by Senators Fischer and Boozman in the final Farm Bill.
This amendment expands the definition for livestock being used by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration so that all fish and crawfish being transported by commercial live haulers will benefit from exemptions provided for agricultural commodities and livestock.
SEC. 12105. DEFINITION OF LIVESTOCK.
Section 602(2) of the Emergency Livestock Feed Assistance Act of 1988 (7 U.S.C. 1471(2)) is amended in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) by striking ‘‘fish’’ and all that follows through ‘‘that—’’ and inserting ‘‘llamas, alpacas, live fish, crawfish, and other animals that—’’.
And if you haven’t already, please reach out to the House conferees, list attached, to request that this language be included in the final Farm Bill. House members are back in their districts, so call your local offices, invite the member to visit your farm and tell the great story of US aquaculture.
The House and Senate farm bills are both numbered H.R. 2 since the Senate amended the House version. The House version as engrossed on June 21st can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2/text/eh. The Senate amended version engrossed June 28th can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2/text/eas.