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·         NCBA to ask Congress for financial assistance

·         Media Release: NCBA Sends Letter to Capitol Hill Urging Relief for Cattle Producers

·         Iowa cattle group requests federal assistance because of COVID-19

·         Cattle industry debates need for federal stimulus for producers



NCBA to ask Congress for financial assistance


By Ken Anderson, Brownfield

March 19, 2020


In a major departure from previous policy, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) will ask Congress to include financial assistance for cattle producers in the upcoming economic stimulus package.


“We’re in a whole new arena that we haven’t really experienced before, and I think the desperation of what we’re seeing in the marketplace has made a lot of producers kind of rethink their position on this,” says NCBA CEO Colin Woodall.


He tells Brownfield the crisis facing the cattle industry is “unprecedented”.


“When you look at how our industry survived through BSE, survived through 9/11, has survived through a lot of previous market issues, this kind of blows all of them away.”




more, including audio [6:46min.]



NCBA Sends Letter to Capitol Hill Urging Relief for Cattle Producers


Source: National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA)

Mar 19, 2020 


WASHINGTON (March 19, 2020) - In response to the ongoing efforts to provide relief to Americans impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane issued the following statement:


“As the country reels both economically and emotionally from the spread of COVID-19, NCBA has been hard at work ensuring that cattle producers remain able to focus on the national infrastructure priority of keeping high-quality beef available to consumers.


“Meeting that challenge requires federal officials at the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Interior, Treasury, and more to have a full understanding of how our product gets from the pasture to the plate – and we’re extremely proud to tell that story.


”In these challenging times, that story is about the strength of our cattle-producing families and what they need to weather this storm. COVID-19 has dealt a tremendously challenging hand to producers across the country. These highly volatile markets cannot be allowed to force our ranching families out of business just when consumers need them most.


“In order to combat this staggering burden, NCBA has been actively engaged with leaders in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to ensure that relief funds from any aid package reach these struggling cattle producers directly. It is important that any such relief avoids the lasting market-altering effects of a price support program, such as those that have been proposed by some members of the Senate. Instead, we must keep the focus on providing quick, targeted relief to struggling producers. While the effects of COVID-19 will be felt across the country, we must ensure we avoid permanent, fundamental changes to workings of the American cattle market. We applaud Senators and Representatives from across the country who are working to provide those solutions using proven avenues such as the Commodity Credit Corporation as administered through USDA.


“Americans always rise to the challenge in times of need and the work of these officials in Congress and in the administration during this trying time is a testament to that great tradition. We thank each of them for their efforts and stand ready to assist moving forward.”


You can read NCBA's letter to Capitol Hill here (PDF):


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 Iowa cattle group requests federal assistance because of COVID-19


By Ken Anderson, Brownfield 

March 19, 2020


The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) is asking for a stimulus package designed to assist cattle producers.


The group made the request in a letter to Iowa’s congressional delegation and U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. ICA CEO Matt Deppe says they have heard from members across the state that the market fall-out from COVID-19 has put the future of their family farms at risk.


In the past week, boxed beef prices have increased, while fed cattle trade and live cattle futures markets have plummeted...





Cattle industry debates need for federal stimulus for producers


By Ken Anderson, Brownfield 

March 19, 2020


Do cattle producers need a financial stimulus—an MFP-type direct payment—to help them through the current financial crisis?


That question is being discussed in the cattle industry and in Congress.


Ethan Lane, vice president of government affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, was asked about it Wednesday during a conference call with ag reporters.


“That’s not something that we have asked for to date. That’s not something in our members’ policy book,” Lane said. “But, at this point, obviously we’re exploring any option that is helpful to our producers on the ground.”


Lane talked about their concerns with such a program.


“Where we’re already dealing with live cattle prices that are challenging, we don’t want to create a situation where folks are rushing to sell cattle on that market in order to trigger a payment—and inadvertently drive their price even lower.”


On Thursday morning, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, an NCBA state affiliate, asked Iowa’s congressional delegation and U.S. ag secretary Sonny Perdue for a stimulus package to assist cattle producers...


more, including audio [1:53 min.]