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USDA Announces Remote Beef Grading Pilot Program

Will Jordan Beef, Cattle

Thomas J. Vilsack
32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture
USDA photo by Tom Witha

Many producers have found added value for their cattle through marketing freezer beef in their communities. Until now, though inspected for sale by USDA, those locally slaughtered cattle have been left without valuable quality grades. Following a recent feasibility study, USDA has announced a pilot program for remote beef grading. United States Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, announced the remote beef grading program last week in Denver.