USDA Working To Make Livestock Market “More Fair”

Back to 2011, as Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack said. “Livestock and poultry marketplaces now only become more concentrated they’ve become vertically integrated and with that there is the risk of folks being treated unfairly” And so he announced rules to correct that. The Trump administration nixed those rules, and worked on crafting its own. Now […]

R-CALF: Why Aren’t Beef Prices Following Cattle Prices

A bipartisan effort is underway in Washington D.C. to manage what some have called a food crisis when it comes to the prices livestock producers receive. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard said consumers are paying rapidly higher prices at the store, but cattle prices are collapsing. “Beef prices should follow cattle prices and vice versa, […]

OCA Welcomes Renewed Interest In Cattle Market Legislation

Over the past 18 months, the voices calling for changes in the packing industry have become louder and more numerous. Many livestock producer organizations say ranchers enjoy the profits or margins they should since there are only four major packing companies in the U.S. To that end, Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer has introduced legislation, cosponsored […]

Justice Department Subpoenas Information From Meatpackers

The Justice Department has made a formal demand for information from the country’s four biggest meatpackers as they investigate potential antitrust violations. A Bloomberg article said that deepens the scrutiny of an industry that’s already been hit hard by plant shutdowns due to the coronavirus. The department’s antitrust division sent civil investigative demands, which are […]

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Canadian Packers?

Recent discussions in D.C. anticipate loosening Canada-U.S. border crossing restrictions beyond essential travelers and trade. Dennis Guy takes a look at when that change could take place. If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Kretz: Legislation Would Distinguish Between “USA Beef” And Imported

Truth in Labeling has been a topic of discussion during the short 2020 legislative session in Olympia, leading to several proposed bills that will impact the farm community.  One, proposed by Representative Joel Kretz looks to require retailers to post a sign in the immediate vicinity to distinguish between “USA beef and “imported” products.  For […]

Cattle Producers Calling For Perdue To Be Fired

Hundreds of cattle producers rallied recently, calling on President Trump to fire Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue.  Joe Maxwell is the Executive Director for Organization For Competitive Markets.  Maxwell said more and more commodity groups feel Perdue does not have their best interest at heart.   “As a matter of fact , many of the folks […]

Rosa: Kansas Fire Highlights Issues In Packing Industry

Are prices in the beef market being manipulated by packing industry?   Many on the production side will say yes.   The issue truly came to light after a fire heavily damaged a Tyson packing facility in Holcomb, KS.  Jerome Rosa, President of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association said something does not add up where consumer […]