Regulatory issues: NCBA executive directors provide update on governmental affairs
Wyoming Livestock Roundup
February 12th, 2021
On Feb. 6, four National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) executive directors met up for NCBA’s Beltway Beef podcast to discuss the hottest topics in Washington, D.C., including the latest Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) developments, an Hours of Service (HOS) update, a climate and natural resources update and NCBA’s 2021 policy priorities.
Latest CFAP developments
To begin the conversation, Danielle Beck, NCBA executive director of government affairs, explains the latest developments in CFAP aid.
“CFAP is one of the many things that has been put on pause in President Biden’s regulatory freeze pending review,” Beck notes. “Although Biden hitting pause on CFAP money doesn’t really affect cattle producers, NCBA is working with the administration to ensure when they do lift their finger from the pause button, we aren’t left out in the cold again.”
Beck notes there is $1.4 billion coming available for cattle producers who were left out of the first round of CFAP.
“It is also important to note the CFAP payments authorized in the last COVID-19 package are discretionary funding that didn’t come from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC),” says Beck. “It is also very clearly spelled out in statute that there is no way around providing those payments – the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) simply doesn’t have the authority.”
She continues, “Additionally, CCC has broad regulatory authority, but it is not in the form of a savings account to dip into. It is more like a line of credit, where we see them borrow against themselves from the Department of the Treasury, and the money has to be paid back through the appropriations process.”
Beck recognizes there is a lot of speculation around how CFAP funding will be used moving forward and the type of authority surrounding the program, but she encourages producers to be patient.
“It is too early for people to speculate, and it isn’t worth getting bent out of shape about,” she says.
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