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Pickle Bill Hearings Set

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has scheduled public hearings on proposed rules to implement the “pickle bill,” which will exempt small-scale canners from state licensing requirements.

These new rules would apply to home canners of foods that are naturally acidic or made acidic by processing with annual sales less than $5,000. Examples of such products include pickles, salsas, jams, and jellies that are sold only at farmers’ markets or community events. The rules would also apply to maple syrup producers.

In our part of the state, the closest hearings will be held at the following locations:

Altoona on November 15 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m at the Eau Claire County University of Wisconsin Extension (227 First St. W.)

Spooner on November 16 from 9 a.m until noon at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station (W6646 Hwy. 70)

A copy of the proposed rule can be found online on DATCP’s website at the link above. You can also receive a copy by calling DATCP at 608-224-4707 or e-mailing Kathy Roach at Written comments can also be directed to Ms. Roach’s e-mail address and are due by 4:30 p.m. on November 30.