Southern Cattle Producer to Testify at Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing

(APRIL 22, 2021) – On Tuesday, April 26 at 10:00am Eastern Daylight Time, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry will hold a hearing to review the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act of 2022 and the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022.

Mississippi cattle producer Ricky Ruffin will testify at the hearing on behalf of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA). Mr. Ruffin’s involvement in the commercial cattle business began in the 1960s, working alongside his father, who was one of the first to build a small feed yard in Stringer, Mississippi. Today, he manages a herd of commercial brood cows and runs stocker cattle on wheat and rye grass.

In addition to the cattle business, Mr. Ruffin has practiced general law for over 40 years as a sole practitioner in Bay Springs, Mississippi.

USCA President Brooke Miller issued the following statement: 

“Seeking greater transparency and true price discovery in the U.S. cattle marketplace is a common goal shared among producer associations. The bills scheduled to be reviewed at next week’s hearing would help put the industry on a path towards a fairer, more competitive marketplace.

“The Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act and the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act are a historic first step towards restoring leverage for producers by placing a referee on the playing field – with the ability to throw dishonest players out of the game.” 

“USCA would like to extend its thanks to longtime supporter, Mr. Ruffin, for volunteering his time and resources to travel to Washington, D.C. to provide testimony on both of these bills.”  

More information on the hearing, including how to tune in to the livestream, can be found HERE.