Republicans, Democrats and the White House have been discussing a $2.9 trillion “infrastructure” bill. The definition of infrastructure itself keeps changing, as does how to pay for it.
This is another year when far-out planning will be in order, and expect industries we depend on to sometimes not deliver on time. Uncle Sam stacking $1,200/month on top of state unemployment benefits means some folks can make more riding the couch than by working.
For many years, there was a key factor setting “leverage” in the beef industry, determining who held the key cards. That leverage derived from the supply of cattle, the inventory, that had peaked in the mid-1970s and trended downward ever since.
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.