NCBA says they’re pleased with President’s Executive Order tackling competition issues

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says they’re pleased with the announcements from the Biden administration addressing competition issues in the ag industry.    

Ethan Lane, vice-president of government affairs says there’s still a lot of work to be done.  “This Executive Order, to me, reads like a starter’s pistol on quite a few rulemaking processes,” he says.  “There’s going to be a lot of need for public comment, there’s going to be a lot of need for trade association comment, and industry input.  That’s something we’re used to doing and we’re looking forward to doing it here.”

On Friday USDA announced $500 million in funds to help expand meat and poultry capacity.  Lane tells Brownfield that won’t immediately alleviate the pressure on processing capacity, but they’re working to get new smaller and regional facilities online as soon as possible.  “There’s quite a few facilities that have been announced in the past few months,” he says.  “Where they are in the construction phase or the planning phase, and whether or not that will make them eligible for the grant money to help them along the way, is going to be a big part of the conversation for us.  We want to make sure this rising tide lifts all boats.”

He says NCBA will be actively engaged in the conversations with the administration as they work to implement the initiatives. 

AUDIO: Ethan Lane, NCBA

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