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New Small Farm Poultry and Egg Regulations Coming

The regulation changes are close which will make it feasible for small poultry producers to sell poultry and eggs

Regulation changes are close which will make it more economically feasible for small poultry producers to sell poultry and eggs

A public hearing relative to Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operations, Chapter 5K-4 of the Florida Administrative Code was held Friday, May 24, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. Public comment was taken on the proposed rule language effecting small poultry and egg operations.

The new language proposes creation of a new type of food establishment, in rule, identified as a Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation.  The verbiage defines the features and limits of such an operation, the establishment of a permit fee, provides the regulatory parameters for such operation and describes the USDA exemptions applicable to such operations.

This new classification applies to farms that maintain a flock of no more than1000 laying hens and meet the requirement of Chapter 583 of the Florida Statutes and Rule Chapter 5K-6 of the Florida Administrative Code.

A small farm operator may slaughter and process no more than 20,000 birds annually.  These birds must be grown on the farm, and the producer must follow applicable statutes relating to processing poultry for human consumption.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Division of Food Safety will be taking comments on this rule change through June 7, 2013.  To request information,  and make comments please contact Ms. Lee Cornmen at 850-245-5595, or email at lee.cornman@freshfromflorida.com 

The changes are expected to be implement in mid to late July 2013.

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Author: Les Harrison – harrisog@ufl.edu

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director. He began his work in the Northwest Extension District as the Sustainable Agriculture and Extension Technology Agent in Leon County on August 25, 2006. His career in agriculture extends back over thirty five years and includes work in business, government and academic positions. Prior to working with the Extension Service, he spent 16 years with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the Division of Marketing and Development. He worked in four of the division’s six bureaus. He has also managed farm supply cooperatives in Alabama and Virginia with annual sales over four million dollars, worked for an international grain company, and was a research associate for Auburn University’s Agricultural Economics Department. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. He is the author of over 400 publications and has written professionally for print and broadcast media.

Les Harrison

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