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Kansas Ag Update: FDA to make more livestock antibiotics prescription-only

Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 12:16 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Fewer and fewer over-the-counter antibiotics for livestock are going to be available to producers. The shift from over-the-counter sales means the drugs can be used only under veterinary supervision, said the FDA in finalizing its Guidance for Industry No. 263. The FDA announced drugmakers will have two years to change the sales availability of some medically important livestock antimicrobials to prescription-only. The new document follows GFI No. 213, which ended the use of medically important antibiotics to help cattle, hogs, and poultry gain weight.

Help could be on the way in the battle between meatpackers vs. producers. The USDA will propose three rules to give cattle, hog, and poultry producers more leverage in dealing with meat processors in an increasingly concentrated industry. The initiatives would make it easier for a producer to prove unfair treatment by a processor and would write a new regulation on the use of so-called tournament systems by processors to determine pay for poultry farmers.

The USDA has vowed to fight the court decision to halt loan forgiveness for farmers of color. A federal judge is halting payments in a COVID-19 stimulus loan forgiveness program designed to help farmers of color. The temporary restraining order was handed down last week by a judge in Wisconsin. It’s in response to a lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty which called the plan unconstitutional. The program provided $4 billion to pay off direct or guaranteed loans given to farmers of color.

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