Both the United States Cattlemen’s Association and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association agree that "fake meat" labeling needs to be addressed.
The COVID-19 Pandemic affects more of the country on a daily basis, forcing the closure or slowdown of packing plants, and impacting producer’s bottom lines. Here’s the latest around the beef industry.
In a letter to CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert, NCBA asked the agency to keep an “even closer eye on the cattle markets" following the fire that forced closure of Tyson's beef plant in western Kansas.
This week South Dakota Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced a bill to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to modify requirements that meat is labeled “Product of U.S.A.”
U.S. Cattlemen's Association files petition for labeling with FSIS, but NCBA says it is opposed to seeking "additional government regulation on our industry."
While packing plant closure and slow-downs disrupted the beef industry in 2020, demand will become more critical heading into 2021 including consumption at-home, away-from-home, and for export.
Some high-level details of the COVID stimulus bill that is expected to pass Congress is provided by TCFA detailing provisions of relevance for cattle producers.
A petition calling on the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a referendum on the Beef Checkoff was filed with USDA in early July, and USDA has responded along with a guidance document on its website.