Bills to improve price discovery and market transparency within the cattle industry received mixed reviews in the Senate Agriculture Committee. The president-elect of the Kansas Livestock Association, Shawn Tiffany, testified against this proposed legislation, saying it may result in fewer marketing opportunities for ranchers. “I’m opposed to these bills and ask the committee not to advance either,” said Tiffany. “The vast majority of cattle producers oppose government mandating a minimum level of negotiating trade.” Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer is a co-sponsor the market reform bill but was unable to convince cattle producers from her state to testify. “I wish we could have had a Nebraska producer here but none of the producer members we encouraged to testify were willing to put themselves out front for fear of possible retribution by other market participants; an unfortunate reality of today’s cattle industry.”
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