Farmers across New England are concerned about the impact proposed food safety regulations might have on their farms.They had a chance to ask questions and express their opinions at a meeting in Hadley, Massachusetts, Thursday.
While normal operations took place in one part of a barn at Plainville Farm, the other part housed a lively and sometimes emotional discussion about the proposed federal rules. Many growers, like John Payne of Shelburne, told federal officials they’re worried about the financial impact on their farms.
“You guys are the problem, not us. Not all these hard-working farmers out here. We’re struggling to come out of the the second-worst recession that our country has had in its long lifetime,” Payne says.
Mike Taylor is a deputy commissioner for the FDA. He says his agency should take into account the needs of farmers both large and small when finalizing the regulations.
Taylor says he expects the final rules to be released in about two years