Minnesota Cattlemen’s director sees love and hate for Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act
The director of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association sees a lot of division over the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act.
Allison VanDerWal tells Brownfield the compromise bill introduced in the Senate by Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley and Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer is generating some strong responses among beef producers.
“People that say they love it and (there’s) people who say they hate it.”
She says the association loves the reporting aspect of the legislation.
“That contract library that we’ve seen in some other proposed bills, increasing some reporting issues in regards to 14-day delivery, (and) carcass weight reporting. We love all of those.”
But she’s finding the regional mandate to be quite controversial.
“You have some people who are extremely for it (and) some people who are extremely against it.”
That includes the largest producer-led cattle group, R-CALF USA. President Gerald Schreiber calls the compromise bill completely inadequate to respond to the cattle market crisis producers have been facing the last seven years.
VanDerWal says the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act will be one of the policy issues covered during the Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention this weekend.