Last week’s report from the Department of Agriculture offered a laundry list of reasons for why beef markets behaved the way they did after two cataclysmic events hit the sector in as many years. But the 21-page document also contained something else: a legislative and regulatory to-do list for an industry well-known for infighting and disagreement.
The House takes up legislation today to fund USDA, FDA and other agencies for fiscal 2021, and Democrats will use the debate to target President Donald Trump’s effort to address the coronavirus-related slowdowns in meatpacking.
The Agriculture Department makes a series of recommendations to Congress for addressing price volatility in cattle markets, but the industry was left in the dark about the results of an investigation into alleged price manipulation by beef processors.
A three-judge panel has ruled that farmers do not have special privilege to water for irrigation use, handing a victory to the Imperial Irrigation District in a long-standing legal battle with farmer Michael Abatti.
As Congress considers a new wave of aid to combat the financial pressures of the coronavirus, the trade group representing the nation’s pork producers says it’s critical the new package include aid sufficient enough to keep struggling producers in business.