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Statement of NCFC President Chuck Conner on FDA Approval of Bovaer

Washington, D.C. (May 28, 2024)–“I would like to applaud the action by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced today that would allow sales and marketing of Bovaer, an animal drug developed by Elanco Animal Health to help reduce enteric methane production in dairy cows. Today’s action is long overdue, as the product is one of the most tested and trusted enteric methane emission solutions and available to farmers in nearly 50 countries around the world, including Europe, Australia and Canada. Today, American farmers are able to share in opportunities to create a new value stream on the farm that had previously been beyond their reach.

“At the same time, the fact that this process has taken over two years shows that the system is in dire need of reform. That is why NCFC strongly supports passage of the IFEED Act and other legislation that would modernize the approval process and further innovation in American agriculture.”

About NCFC

Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn consist of nearly 2,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country.  NCFC members also include 17state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.

America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity.  They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.

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