The farm bill is one of the priorities for members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. NCBA Past President Don Schiefelbein remains doubtful about the passage of a new bill this year. “In an election year like this, everyone is politically posturing and nobody wants to let someone else get a win; it has been a struggle to get anything done.” Schiefelbein, who is a rancher at Kimball, Minnesota, acknowledged budgets are tight. However, Livestock Risk Protection needs to be refined to be on par with crop insurance. “In any industry where you have so many costs involved, if you don’t have a safety net put in place the consequences of a wrong decision can be disasterous.” In the Red River Farm Network interview, Schiefelbein also discusses animal identification and the cattle market.
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