The environmental community has praised the president on taking such bold action and recommendations to his administration. On the other hand, those of us in agriculture, energy production and rural America have found concern, and I believe rightly so, in what this executive order seems to want to achieve.
Just five days after NCBA’s voluntary framework to increase market transparency was sent out, a group of 17 state cattlemen’s associations sent off a letter to Congress supporting their legislative ideas for a fix.
Cattle markets are a subject that are cussed and discussed all over the country by farmers and ranchers. There have been numerous efforts this year alone to try and address this issue and drive some share of the profits from beef sales back down the line.
Facts can be stubborn and they can be fickle. The most common mistake is to take the four-firm concentration number for steer and heifer slaughter and claim that the four largest packers control 85 percent of the total beef market.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) needs fixing. The Trump administration tried, and the Biden administration is rescinding several of the Trump administration’s ESA changes.
Now, is anyone on the House or Senate Agriculture Committee paying close attention to those drought conditions? The two committees have taken some time to talk about climate change this year, but climate resiliency doesn’t get solved just because Congress approves a program to pay farmers for some carbon credits.
Enjoying more beef at home this past year has greatly educated shoppers, which could sustain higher retail sales of premium beef even as restaurants reopen here and abroad.
The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled on the last day of the term that California could not require non-profit organizations to disclose the identity of major donors, holding that the policy infringed on donors’ First Amendment rights.
"Though we have some price discovery, cattle feeders have no leverage because too few cattle are purchased in the cash market to create robust competition," wrote Eric Nelson, a farmer/feeder/rancher and R-CALF USA Region VII director from Moville, IA.