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News for March 26, 2010

Lawmakers negotiate for raw milk options

A bill moving through Idaho's House of Representatives may resolve the debate over raw milk sales in the state.

House Bill 675 would amend Idaho law to provide for acquisition of raw milk and raw milk products by owners and establishes terms for cow shares, sheep shares and goat shares.

After a pending rule on raw milk negotiated by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture was rejected in the Senate, lawmakers called for interested parties to meet and work out their differences.

The bill would allow for acquisition of raw milk or raw milk products by animal share members from no more than seven cows, 15 sheep or 15 goats, stating such acquisitions do not constitute a sale.

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