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USDA SETS TOUGHER ORGANIC STANDARDS

The USDA Thursday released more stringent animal-welfare standards for farmers who market meat and eggs as organic. The new rules, which take effect in March 2018, require a minimum amount of space for chickens, and require cattle, pigs and poultry to be allowed outdoors each day to feed. The USDA estimated it will cost organic farmers up to $31 million to comply with the new laws. (Wall Street Journal)

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