Missouri Passes Alt-Meat Bill and USDA Funds Specialty Crops
**A proposal passed in the Missouri House would require makers of plant-based and lab-grown meat to clearly label those products as not originating from livestock.
According to agweb.com, if the law passes and is signed by the Governor, the Show-Me State would live up to its name and be the first state to enact such a labeling rule.
The bill is backed by Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Cattlemen's Association and the Missouri Pork Association.
**U.S. farm exports can change suddenly and dramatically while breaking into foreign markets takes decades of hard work and hefty investments in infrastructure, relationships and, ultimately, sales.
Augusto Bassanini, chief operating officer for Vancouver, Washington-based United Grain Corp. tells Agri-Pulse that current concerns over U.S. trade agreements and tariff battles with China "create an environment of uncertainty, forcing buyers and end-users to scramble to find new sources for the commodities they need to stay in business.
United Grain operates grain terminals in Oregon, Montana, and North and South Dakota.
**USDA is spending $7 million to support 11 projects in six states to develop solutions to challenges affecting the specialty crop industries that cross state boundaries.
The USDA's Greg Ibach tells the Western Farm Press his agency's Specialty Crop Multi-State Program provides the grease to help them leverage state and private sector resources across state lines, especially the knowledge and experience of farmers and the agricultural industry.