Leaders of the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Farmers Union, R-CALF USA, United States Cattlemen’s Association met in Phoenix recently at the request of the Livestock Marketing Association. The groups talked about packer concentration, oversight and capacity; price transparency and discovery; Packers and Stockyards Act enforcement; and the level of captive supply. USCA Immediate Past President Kenny Graner, who ranches near Mandan, North Dakota, describes the meeting to the Red River Farm Network as a historic moment. “It means a lot for us all to come together. At the end of the day, it’s profitability that needs to come back to producers in my own state and across the country.” While there has been a lot of frustration about packer profits and other supply chain issues, Chelsea Good, Livestock Marketing Association, offered a positive tone in a RRFN interview. “We need to start speaking in one voice on this topic.” The six organizations will now consider three action items amongst their respective membership. A future meeting between the groups is not planned at this time. Read the joint statement.
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