Murkowski amendments included in Farm bill

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski contributed to two amendments in the Farm Bill that was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate this week, a Murkowski spokesman said Thursday.

The amendments are aimed at helping Alaska's commercial fishing industry.

The Farm Bill passed the Senate Wednesday and now must be reconciled with the House version of the bill.

Murkowski and Sen. Ted Stevens worked on the first amendment, which requires that seafood be labeled with its country of origin and provide information on whether the product is farm-raised or caught in the wild. In the case of wild salmon, the state of origin must be included.

Murkowski and Stevens also worked on a second amendment that would make wild seafood eligible for an organic product promotion effort.

Stevens authored a third measure calling on the Secretary of Agriculture to report to Congress on efforts to expand the marketing and purchase of canned salmon within the department's food and nutrition programs.

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