Senators Introduce Resolution to Investigate Anticompetitive Practices in Beef Industry

(MAY 20, 2022) – On Thursday, Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a bipartisan resolution asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate beef companies for potential price fixing. The resolution invokes a 1914 act that authorizes the president or Congress to direct the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate alleged antitrust violations. The rule has not been used …

USCA Applauds Successful Committee Vote on Special Investigator Bill

(MAY 19, 2022) – On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 7606, the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022. The bill directs coordination between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It grants subpoena power to aid in the investigation and prosecution of violators of …

Join us for a #FACTSONLYFRIDAY Discussion

(APRIL 27, 2022) – Please join us for a #FactsOnly Friday discussion this Friday, April 29 at 7:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time with USCA Directors Brett Crosby of Wyoming and Lee Reichmuth of Nebraska. We’ll breakdown this week’s House and Senate Agriculture Committee hearings that focused on the U.S. cattle and beef industries. Have questions? Want to join the conversation? We welcome your thoughts …

Bill Would Remove Regulatory Barrier to Financing of Processing Facilities

(APRIL 8, 2022) – On Thursday, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) introduced the Amplifying Processing of Livestock in the United States Act, or the A-PLUS Act. The bill would allow livestock auction markets to hold an ownership interest in, finance, or participate in the management or operation of a packing facility that has a slaughter capacity of less …

Senators Release Updated Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act

(MARCH 28, 2022) – Today, Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a revised Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act. The updated bill comes after hours of deliberation with leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee and weeks of technical feedback from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) Marketing and Competition Committee …

USDA, DOJ Launch Hotline to Report Anticompetitive Practices

(FEBRUARY 4, 2022) – On Thursday, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Justice (DOJ) launched an online portal to give farmers and ranchers a place to anonymously report unfair and anticompetitive practices in the livestock and poultry sectors. This follows the release of the White House’s Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain, which …

White House Launches Action Plan to Restore Competition in the U.S. Cattle Industry

(JANUARY 3, 2022) – On Monday, the Biden-Harris Administration published its Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain. The four core strategies that make up the Action Plan seek to strengthen the bottom line of independent producers and processors, while also providing more choices and affordable prices for U.S. consumers. The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) participated in …

Agreement Reached on Cattle Market Reform Legislation

(NOVEMBER 9, 2021) – On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act.  Specifically, this legislation accomplishes the following: Requires the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the USDA Chief Economist, to establish mandatory levels of negotiated cash and negotiated grid trade for each USDA AMS …

Legislation Introduced to Establish a Cattle Contract Library

(OCTOBER 20, 2021) – On Wednesday, Ranking Member of the Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Dusty Johnson (R-S.D) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) introduced the bipartisan Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 (H.R. 5609), which would create a library for cattle contracts within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agriculture Marketing Service Department. The bill instructs USDA to regularly update the library in …

Join the Conversation with Oklahoma Farmers Union President Scott Blubaugh

On Thursday, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review the state of the livestock hearing. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senator Chuck Grassley testified on their own before a panel of industry witnesses took the stand.  One of those witnesses included Mr. Scott Blubaugh of Tonkawa, Oklahoma and President of the Oklahoma Farmers Union. Please join us for our monthly Horn Wrap call on …

Livestock Mandatory Reporting Authorization Extended to Dec. 3

(SEPTEMBER 30, 2021) – With only hours to spare, Congress on Thursday passed legislation to avoid a government shutdown. The continuing resolution, which funds the government through December 3, passed the Senate 65-35 and cleared the House on a 254-175 vote. The measure temporarily extends authority for the Livestock Mandatory Reporting program through December 3. Additionally, it provides $10 billion in producer assistance for 2020 …