ASA Applauds Reps. Plaskett, Baird for Leadership on Animal Biotechnology Regulation

Oct 07, 2021

Washington, D.C. Oct. 7, 2021  Lawmakers in a letter citing genetic improvements as a “hallmark of agriculture” call on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock to make improvements that would modernize the regulatory system for animal genetics and assure timely adoption of biotechnology innovations.

Kevin Scott, a soy grower from Valley Springs, South Dakota, and ASA president made the following statement regarding today’s strong bipartisan letter from the House Agriculture Committee calling for animal biotechnology regulatory modernization: “With devastating animal diseases at our nation’s doorstep, the need for genetic innovations to protect our flocks and herds has never been greater. Representatives Plaskett and Baird should be commended for leading the House Agriculture Committee in this impressive bipartisan appeal for much-needed biotechnology regulatory modernization to protect our nation’s livestock. We urge our country’s regulators to heed their call.”

ASA agrees that the existing regulatory process for review of animals using biotechnology innovations needs to be streamlined for more timely adoption and applauds the legislators’ letter.

More than two thirds of the Committee has signed on to the letter, which can be found here.