Bill Would Combat Anti-Competitive Practices in Meat Processing Industry

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley joined fellow Republican Mike Rounds of South Dakota and Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, in introducing legislation on meatpacking. The bill, the Meat Packing Special Investigator Act, would address the “anti-competitive” practices in the meat and poultry industries that threaten the nation’s food supply and national security. The legislation comes […]

Rippey: Drought Hurting Spring Wheat

The drought is taking a toll on the nation’s spring wheat crop. “Just 38% of the crop rated good to excellent. 25% rated very poor to poor that represents a decline from last week which was not a very good number 42% good to excellent 20% very poor to poor,” USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey noted […]

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 […]

More Farmers Suing USDA Alleging Discrimination

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty last week filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the alleged race discrimination in the American Rescue Plan. Specifically, the organization targets a provision to offer loan forgiveness based on racial categories. The organization filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of five plaintiffs from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, […]

Farmers Union Foundation Donates Meals to Troops in D.C.

Farmers Union Enterprises recently donated $50,000 to provide roughly 5,000 meals to National Guard troops on duty in the nation’s capital. The funds went to D.C.-based restaurants Farmers Fishers Bakers and Founding Farmers, both of which are part of Farmers Restaurant Group. FUE is made up of several Farmers Union-owned businesses in the Upper Midwest, […]

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 […]

Lawmakers Introduce Emergency Feed Bill

Legislation introduced this week in the Senate would provide farmers and ranchers with additional flexibility to alleviate feed shortages in years with widespread excessive moisture, flooding or drought. The Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters with Cover Crops Act would create an emergency waiver authority for the Secretary of Agriculture to allow for haying, grazing or […]

Bipartisan Push Seeks More Farmers and Ranchers Eligible for PPP Loans

Lawmakers seek clarified terms to ensure more farmers and ranchers are eligible for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. The request, via a letter to the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration, was led by Representative Ron Kind and Senator Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin Democrats, along with Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota. The lawmakers […]

R-CALF Organizing E-mail Blitz in Favor of COOL

Earlier this week, R-CALF urged ranchers to send emails to the White House in favor of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for beef. The organization issued an action alert saying, “emails needed this week to the White House and calls needed to congress for M-COOL.” Following the email, the organization asks members to call the […]