WASHINGTON D.C. – Locally grown meats could be easier to purchase with the introduction of the Prime Act
Maine Senator Angus King and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introduced legislation making it easier for farms and small ranches to provide locally produced meats.
The Prime Act allows the freedom to permit intrastate distribution of locally grown beef, pork, goat or lamb. Under current law, custom cuts of meats are exempt from federal inspection.
Making them available only for personal consumption. In order to sell to consumers, animals must be sent to a USDA inspected meat processor. The Prime act would allow states to create a third custom processor category for meats to be sold within its state, and allowing small farms, ranches and custom cutters to thrive.