Make Our Food Safe

"Tester promotes amendment to food safety bill"

The Billings Gazette | Chelsea Krotzer

"Dick Espenscheid has been farming on his 740 acres outside of Bridger for 40 years.

Every week, he brings up a carload of produce and meat to the Good Earth Market, and each summer he sells goods during the Yellowstone Valley Farmers' Market.

Wednesday, he brought boxes of fingerling potatoes, assortments of squash, turnips and different types of pork to market, just behind a local garlic farmer.

It's small food producers like Espenscheid that make up 30 percent of the business at Good Earth Market. That same group is waiting anxiously to find out if if their farms will be able to maintain the status quo.

On a 75-24 vote Wednesday morning, the U.S. Senate agreed to debate a food-safety bill that would increase requirements for food producers, with the expectation of a final vote today..."

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