Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service held a workshop in last Thursday. It was on a new rule that will allow small farm owners to sell limited amount of eggs ad dressed poultry directly to the consumers. The workshop held at Department’s Winter Heaven Office. If this new policy comes in action buying farm fresh eggs and poultry get a lot easier in the next years.
Currently, the policy about this matter only allows direct sell if they are labeled as pet food or the farm is a licensed processor. If they aren’t labeled or licensed selling them directly is illegal. With the new rule small farmers will get the opportunity to produce, conserve and market their eggs and poultry.
Under this new policy up to 1,000 laying hens in any year can be directly sold by the farmers to consumers. Also more than 20,000 poultry birds can be sold and slaughter on that farm. Chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and guinea fowl plus domesticated game birds, such as pigeons and quail usually rose for meats are subject to poultry.
Implementation of this new policy will be helpful to meet the demand of meat and most importantly it will help the small farmers to produce more and be a part of the supply chain directly. This will create a positive impact in the economy as well as the development of more and more small farmers.
Around a dozen small farm owners have attended in this workshop from Polk County. Also the Department took workshop in Gainesville and Tallahassee where about 15 farmers attended in each. The new policy aims to lose the costs and regulatory burden on small farms and give them fair payment on their hard work of productivity.