U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says the federal Department of Agriculture has extended the comment period for its proposed rule for importing beef from Argentina.
The proposed rule would allow beef from northern Argentina to be imported to the United States. The comment period on the rule has been extended through December 29.
Hoeven says the rule has raised concerns among U.S. livestock groups because of Argentina's past cases of foot and mouth disease, which affects cloven-hooved animals including cattle, sheep, bison and goats.
Hoeven says it is important to make sure stakeholders are given enough time to review and assess any impacts that the imports could have on the livestock industry in the U.S.