The U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing this week to examine challenges within the beef supply chain. After hearing testimony from agricultural economists, land-grant university faculty and cattle industry stakeholders, several members of Congress echoed the industry’s longstanding call to expand processing capacity. Members also noted the need for greater transparency in cattle markets to create conditions that support both a reliable, affordable supply of U.S. beef and the continued financial viability of American ranchers.
“The roadblocks that are depressing profits for our cattle producers and endangering the steady supply of affordable beef have really captured the attention of lawmakers,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “The continued momentum we are seeing on expanding processing capacity, both on Capitol Hill and at USDA, is a positive sign.”
Cattle industry concerns have seen increased attention recently from both sides of the aisle as NCBA and KLA have advocated for common-sense solutions that address the most urgent challenges facing producers. In recent months, both organizations have engaged with Congress on securing the introduction of legislation to help small, independent processors expand capacity and improve marketing options for cattle producers; reforming the “Product of the USA” beef label in a way that benefits both consumers and producers; defending family farms and ranches against devastating proposed tax hikes; and delivering critical progress on much-needed flexibility under hours-of-service regulations for livestock haulers.
The full hearing is posted on YouTube and can be viewed by clicking here.