South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal says cattle market transparency is a tough issue. The American Farm Bureau asked the Biden administration for an interim report from the Department of Justice. “We want to know whether if there’s actual packer collusion going on including price fixing. There’s also the price discovery part. We’re working on the possibility of adding a higher level of cash negotiated trade.” There’s also money included in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill to create a pilot program for a cattle contract library at the USDA’s Ag Marketing Service. “This would be an online resource. Packers would be required to report what kind of contracts they’re putting together with producers. It would be subject to confidentiality, but include contract frameworks.” Hear the story.