Update on the Innovative Feed Enhancement and Economic Development (FEED) Act of 2023

Dear HPTA Members,

We would like to provide you with an important update regarding the status of the Innovative Feed Enhancement and Economic Development (FEED) Act of 2023, which we previously brought to your attention. 

The Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) was reauthorized without the inclusion of the Innovative Feed Act. While this development represents a setback for our efforts, it's crucial to understand that opportunities still exist for the bill's passage later this year. As members of the Humic Products Trade Association, your engagement and advocacy are vital in helping us achieve our objectives.

The Innovative FEED Act, introduced by Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) and co-sponsored by Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), seeks to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, particularly in relation to the regulation of zootechnical animal food substances. This legislation aims to empower animal food manufacturers to describe the non-nutritive benefits of their products without the classification of these products as drugs. It establishes a regulatory pathway for a new category of animal food substances that act exclusively within animals' gut microbiomes or the feed they consume, delivering non-nutritive advantages.

Passing the Innovative FEED Act would represent a significant milestone for our industry, particularly for humate manufacturers operating within the animal feed sector. This act would enable the inclusion of benefits such as the reduction of greenhouse gases or odors through the incorporation of humates into animal feed.

The HPTA Board has meticulously reviewed the language of the act and strongly encourages all HPTA members to engage with their respective congressional representatives. We urge you to signal your support for the Innovative Feed Act and convey the importance of its passage. By working together as an industry, we can underscore the significance of accurately describing and appropriately regulating non-nutritive products as food rather than drugs.

Your cooperation and support in this matter are greatly appreciated. Your active involvement in advocating for the Innovative FEED Act can help us drive positive change for our industry and position us for future advancements.

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the humic substance industry. We will keep you updated on any further developments related to this critical legislation.

Best regards,

HPTA Board
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