KLA volunteer leaders and staff were in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with members of the Kansas congressional delegation to discuss important issues to Kansas livestock producers, including cattle marketing, labor and input costs.
The group made clear that cattle producers should be free to determine how best to market their cattle. Members of Congress were asked to oppose proposals that would mandate fed cattle marketing methods. Furthermore, KLA leaders asked the delegation to support measures to address labor challenges facing dairies, feedyards and other livestock producers. These efforts would include changing guest worker programs to address the year-round labor needs of livestock operations. The group also shared with the delegation how the dramatic increase in the cost of inputs, like fuel and fertilizer, are squeezing margins for Kansas cattle producers.