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NC Agricultural Commissioner raises concern about impact of federal budget cuts on agriculture

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FAYETTEVILLE—North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said the state's meat industry faces a slowdown because of forced government spending cuts.

Troxler and other government agencies spoke out about their concerns at Tuesday's Council of State meeting. Troxler is worried the cuts will cause a backlog at slaughterhouses because inspectors will be absent. Every slaughterhouse in the state is required to have an inspector to ensure food safety.

The budget cuts would limit hours to federal inspectors while short changing state inspectors who receive partial federal compensation.

"Every state is going to have the same problem and if you put it all together with the size of the protein industry in the united states this is a big deal" said Troxler.

The slowdown at the slaughterhouse would mean farmers would have to keep their livestock longer which would lead to higher feed costs and Troxler thinks that cost maybe passed to consumers.

Troxler said he does not have a timeline on when the affects of the budget cut will hit but said federal inspectors must receive 30-days notice before they are furloughed he also says he expects the U.S Department of Agriculture to notify Gov. McCrory this week with details of the cuts.

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