For many years, there was a key factor setting “leverage” in the beef industry, determining who held the key cards.
There was lots of speculation during the presidential campaign about the advisers or handlers behind President Joe Biden’s campaign. Whoever they were—and are—their ducks were in a row on Inauguration Day.
After four years of an administration that shared many of agriculture’s long-term goals, with a pro-business, pro-citizen, pro-freedom and individual liberty agenda, it appears that approach will change.
Groups petitioning Congress are often asking Congress to do something to someone else. Yes, cow-calf and stocker operators are part of the industry and fed cattle marketing indirectly affects them. But they are asking Congress to do something to someone else—feeders and packers.
The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) has been broadening the scope of its legal efforts. In recent days, there have been developments in three different lawsuits they have initiated.
At the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association annual summer business meeting, the U.S. Meat Export Federation reported their year-to-date success to the Checkoff Export Growth Committee.
Alternative Marketing Agreements (AMAs) are used by feeders and packers to cut costs, increase efficiencies, and get paid for producing better quality beef.