U.S. Meat Production Slowing

Meat companies and union officials tell Reuters that rising COVID-19 infections among workers are forcing meat plants to slow production and the government to replace slaughter inspectors. Meatpacking was an early epicenter of COVID in 2020 and is now the latest sector to be disrupted by the Omicron variant. Cargill, one of the country’s top […]

Vilsack: Competition Must Be Addressed In Meat Packing Conversation

The lack of competition in the meat packing sector does limits many livestock producers to only one potential buyer, which can mean lower prices at the time of sale. But at last week’s White House meeting working to address this problem, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the damage could be much broader in scope. Creating, […]

Sharp: Consumers Need To Know Where Meat Dollars Are Going

Consumers notice it every time they’ve visit their local grocery store. Prices for meat, specifically beef have increased quite a bit over the past couple of years. But where is that money going? Tom Sharp, President of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association said consumers need to know those extra dollars they’re paying are not making it […]

ERS Study Shows Meatpackers Role in COVID Spread

A study from USDA’s Economic Research Service shows the role meatpacking plants played in the spread of COVID-19. In what ERS describes as a working paper, the study outlined 49 U.S. nonmetro counties in which 20% or more of employment is in meatpacking, defined as meatpacking-dependent counties. This represents 41% of all nonmetro counties with […]

USDA Transparency Effort Does Not Excite R-CALF

A new effort from USDA to bring transparency to cattle pricing is getting a lukewarm response from the industry, and some criticism. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard said the problem is that large amounts of cattle taken out of the cash market that don’t contribute to price discovery. “USDA is using what limited authority it […]

NCBA Pushing Congress to Address Areas of Concern

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association led a letter supported by 37 affiliate state cattle associations, urging Congress to address critical areas of concern in the cattle and beef industries. They’re asking leaders of both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to consider swift Congressional action in several areas, such as expanding beef processing capacity. They […]

JBS Targeted By Cyber Hackers

Over the weekend, one of the world’s largest meatpackers announced it had been hit by a cyber-attack. JBS announced Sunday some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems were targeted. Scott Bennett, director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation said the company responded immediately. “The company took immediate […]

Meat Institute Responds to DOJ Investigation Calls

Earlier this week, the North American Meat Institute defended its members against allegations of wrongdoing in the cattle market. The response follows a closed-door meeting between livestock and farm groups focusing on ways to improve cattle market transparency and a letter from Republican lawmakers to the Department of Justice. The lawmakers requested DOJ continue its […]

Senators Ask Colleagues to Sign onto Meatpacking Letter

Recently, senators Mike Rounds, Republican from South Dakota, and Tina Smith, a Democrat from Minnesota, wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the state of the U.S. meatpacking industry. They asked him to enforce or examine America’s antitrust laws to restore fairness in the marketplace for cattle producers and are asking their […]

Lawmakers Urge DOJ to Continue Cattle Industry Investigation

Earlier this week, lawmakers from South Dakota led an effort urging the Department of Justice to continue its investigation into the nation’s four biggest meatpackers. Republican Senator John Thune and Republican Representative Dusty Johnson also requested that DOJ provide Congress with updates. The letter comes as last week a group of six livestock and farm […]