Venison donation processing reimbursement increase

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A bill was heard in committee that moves the $70 cap on the amount of money a meat processor can receive from the Commissioner of Agriculture for processing donated deer to an amount that is reasonable and documented within the limits of available funding. For a meat processor to qualify for reimbursement, they must be licensed and registered, arrange delivery of processed venison to a food shelf, and fill out the proper documentation for each deer they accept for donation. The bill passed its first committee and will go the Environment and Natural Resources Committee next. (SF 1329)