June 6, 2022

RMBA Statement: Amenable Species Classification Discussion

Monday, June 6, 2022 – The Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Bison Association (RMBA), representing 135 members throughout the region, discussed the United States Department of Agriculture, Federal Inspection Service Agency’s upcoming listening session regarding bison being classified as an amenable species.

Bison do not currently fall under the Federal Meat Inspection Act and are thus considered non-amenable. The status change presents possible pros and cons. The board discussed multiple facets of the bison industry that would be impacted by a change in status, including to marketers, producers big and small, processing plants, and of course the consumer.

At this time, the RMBA Board of Directors does not support a change in classification of bison to be an amenable species. We feel more information on potential rules and regulations are needed to allow for a definitive position from the RMBA Board.

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The Rocky Mountain Bison Association (RMBA) represents the bison ranchers, producers, and marketers located in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah. RMBA’s mission is to promote and preserve bison through education, research, and marketing.