Senate Ag to Consider Bill to Extend Authorization for Livestock Mandatory Reporting

(SEPTEMBER 29, 2021) The Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) program expires this Thursday, September 30.

On Monday night, the Senate failed to move forward a continuing resolution (CR) that would have kept the government funded until December 3. Included in that CR was also an extension for the LMR program.

So, where does that leave us now? Ideally, Congress finds a way to avert a government shutdown before the end of the week.  In the event that does NOT happen, your team at USCA has been working this week with Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to assure a short-term extension of LMR reauthorization, even if it has to happen as a standalone measure (see below).

Another one-year extension is a non-starter for us. We MUST make needed changes to the program (establish a minimum negotiated cash trade, contract library, etc.) and move forward with a standard five-year reauthorization before the end of the year.

This is an exceptional week, even for Congress. To the extent that your elected officials serve on the Senate or House Agriculture Committees, right now would be a good time to touch base with them to let them know you support a short-term extension only of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting program to give us time to implement improvements.