Minnesota cattle feeder wants more robust Livestock Risk Protection program

A regional vice president with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association wants to see a more robust Livestock Risk Protection program in the next farm bill.

Minnesota cattle feeder Mike Landuyt serves region three, which includes Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

“Just trying to expand LRP and make it a little easier since just for the size of so many producers, it’s a better program for them because they don’t have enough production to do too many contracts. Or if they do a couple contracts, they have to do their whole production in just one or two sales.”

Landuyt also grows corn and soybeans and tells Brownfield there can be a learning curve for livestock producers who don’t have crops.

“I’m used to working with crop insurance and I understand the program. But if you don’t have the crops and the knowledge of it, you can learn it. It’s not that you can’t learn it, but it was just an easy transition (for me) because I was already used to kind of how it was operated.”

He says another request for the new farm bill is more flexibility on Conservation Reserve Program acres for emergency haying and grazing.

Brownfield interviewed Landuyt last week during Minnesota Farmfest near Redwood Falls.

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