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Randy Blach had pretty much all good news at the 100th anniversary annual meeting for the National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA) in Whitefish, MT. Blach’s good news fell on receptive ears, for these folks market cattle all over the country and most of the board members have done it personally for many years.
Finally hearing the calls of producers concerned with the unfair state of the cattle markets, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing June 23 on “Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer.”
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is providing an additional 30 days for public comment on the proposed rule that would amend the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Order under the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) asked a federal appeals court for a full hearing on a requested injunction to halt implementation of California’s Proposition 12, alleging the law would disrupt programs at USDA.
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.
In this Ask the Expert, Charles Stephens, Associate Deputy Administrator, Specialty Crops Program, for USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (…