bipartisan legislation recently was introduced that would create new opportunities for cattle producers and smaller processors to market beef products brought forth by us representatives dusty Johnson of South Dakota and Henry coiler of Texas. The direct interstate retail exemption for certain transactions act of 2021 would allow retail quantities of meat processed under state inspection to be sold across state lines through e commerce, providing beef producers and local processors alike with more options to market direct to consumers. According to national cattlemen beef Association Policy Division chair Todd Wilkinson, a rancher from South Dakota, the pandemic highlighted an urgent need for the industry to expand opportunities for state inspected meat Packers, he said the direct act will allow cattle producers and smaller beef processors to more easily evolved to meet the growing demand for e commerce sales. The Act would amend the retail exemption under the federal meat inspection act and poultry products inspection act to allow processors butchers and other retailers to sell normal retail quantities of state inspected meat, which is 300 pounds for beef 100 pounds for pork and 27.5 pounds for lamb to consumers across the state lines. Since transactions authorized under the direct Act would be direct to consumer via e commerce sales would be traceable and easily recalled if necessary.