Ag groups are trying to strong-arm the Senate into confirming Gregg Doud as chief agricultural negotiator.
There is likely to be more beef served during trade discussions, as Gregg Doud was named by President Donald Trump to be chief agricultural negotiator, in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
U.S. cattlemen fear the U.S. backing out of the Trans Pacific Partnership was a "missed opportunity" to gain access to foreign markets.
After a previous prohibition, U.S. beef has gained access to Morocco which could become an $80 million market.
Workable free trade relationships are critical to U.S. cattle producers.
Bi-partisan legislation was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday that would require 50% of a packer's cattle purchases each week be negotiated on the cash market.
Mexico becomes the first country to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement.
President Donald Trump told Reuters on Thursday that he was "psyched" to terminate the NAFTA trade deal with Canada and Mexico, but changed his mind after their leaders asked for it to be renegotiated instead.