Federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been clamoring all year for legislation to “fix the broken” live cattle market. They have recently introduced measures that would upend the way the majority of live cattle are purchased by packers. They argue the measures they propose would put more money in producers’ pockets.
Remember when you were a kid and you would calculate whether to ask your mother or your father depending on the answer you wanted? That is exactly what the Biden administration did with the definition of “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
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.
Planning for the management transition on your farm or ranch can seem like an overwhelming task. The business has gotten bigger, volatility and complexity have increased and labor is harder to come by. How will the next generation handle it all?
In March 2020, there wasn’t a roll of toilet paper to be found. Did you need a new appliance last summer? Good luck taking one home from your local electronics store. What about a new car? Dealerships that I drive by look like they’ve been picked as clean as a pumpkin patch in late October.
The Biden administration has been slower to show its cards on trade than its predecessor. Former President Donald Trump made his disdain for free trade clear on his first day as president.
Former Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-IL) supposedly said long ago, “A billion here and a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” I still can’t grasp that we’re talking about trillions here and trillions there, and no one is carting anyone off to the funny farm.