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 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 bipartisan group of 12 senators and 12 representatives signed a letter on Friday calling on the Department of Agriculture to move up the deadline for allowing producers to graze or harvest cover crops on prevented plant acres.
In this opinion piece, Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., discusses how the food supply system has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, but more importantly, how farmers and ranchers have been impacted.
More than 140 members of Congress are calling on the Department of Agriculture to offer “swift assistance for cattle producers” with some of the $9.5 billion authorized to assist farmers and ranchers hit by the effects of the coronavirus.