The subject of developing a traceability system in the beef cattle sector is not a new one, but a recent study suggests producers should be taking the lead on the issue.
USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey says he anticipates producers will be able to use new online tools by the end of the year.
On Friday, the House voted down a farm bill for the second time in five years.
An amendment that would have drastically changed federal sugar policy suffered a bipartisan defeat on the House floor Thursday, helping ag lawmakers avoid a change that could have tanked the farm bill.
House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway kicked off floor debate for the farm bill on Wednesday, kicking off a process that will unfold through the rest of the week.
The House is set to consider a farm bill this week, and Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts wants his bill to be not far behind.