USDA Looking To Expand Meat/Poultry Processing Capacity

Following President Biden’s Executive Order, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced significant investments to expand the nation’s meat and poultry processing capabilities. “At the Department of Agriculture we utilize $500 million dollars in the forms of grants, loans, loan guarantees and technical assistance, and planning assistance to assist those who are considering or thinking about developing […]

Vilsack Talks About Future of Packers & Stockyard Act

Part of President Biden’s recent Executive Order, addressing competition in the marketplace, “we will follow through on the President’s directive and begin the process of rule-making on the Packers and Stockyards Act,” noted Agriculture Sectary, Tom Vilsack. He added he USDA plans to revitalize the Stockyards Act through increased transparency, fairness, and competition for producers. […]

Lawmakers Debate How To Address Cattle Market Issues

More capacity, not more regulation, may be the direction Ag lawmakers take in dealing with cattle market concentration and wildly divergent cattle and beef prices. Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow said dramatic differences of opinion were expected at last week’s hearing on the cause of high beef prices for major packers and low prices to […]

USCA Responds to “Beef Market Myths” Report on Capitol Hill

A report titled “Common Beef Marketing Myths and Facts” from the North American Meat Institute is being circulated on Capitol Hill. U.S. Cattlemen’s Association President Brooke Miller said the organization appreciates the commitment of U.S. livestock groups to expanding the capacity of the nation’s meat processing facilities. “However, it would be helpful if the meatpacking […]

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 […]

UC Davis: COVID Cases In Meatpacking Plants Costs Rural Economies Over $11 Billion

One of the sectors of the Ag community hit especially hard during the spread of COVID-19 last year was meatpacking plants nationwide. But, according to UC Davis, the impact was much more severe than initially thought. Researchers say an estimated 334,000 cases of COVID-19 are attributable to meatpacking plants, resulting in $11.2 billion in economic […]

Mulrony: We Need Additional Processing Capacity

Count Idaho among the growing number of states in need of additional meat processing capacity. Idaho Cattle Association Executive Vice President Cameron Mulrony said as more reports and data regarding the pandemic’s impact on the industry are published, it’s becoming very apparent that more hook space is needed. “As we know, competition helps drive the […]

USCA Supports Strengthening Local Processing Act

Earlier this week, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association announced its support of The Strengthening Local Processing Act. Introduced last month, the legislation will increase local livestock and poultry producers’ options and assist smaller facilities as they adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and expand to meet consumer demand. The legislation was introduced by Representative Chellie Pingree, a […]

Warnick’s Bill Aimed At Boosting Meat Production Clears State Senate

Legislation aimed at increasing meat processing and packing in Washington unanimously cleared the state Senate Tuesday. Senate Bill 5045, sponsored by Judy Warnick would make small and medium sized meat producers statewide eligible for support from a newly created Processing and Marketing Assistance Program. Warnick said the bill would also require the state Department of […]