January 4, 2022
AFBF president notes US effort towards ensuring competitive meat processing system
American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall commented on January 3 on the United States' "Biden-Harris Administration's Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain."
"AFBF appreciates the (US President Joe) Biden administration's continued work to ensure a fair and competitive meat processing system. We must get to the bottom of why farmers and ranchers continue to receive low payments while families across America endure rising meat prices," Duvall said.
"Farmers and ranchers want a fair shake. The joint initiative between USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and the Department of Justice to create an online portal to report competition law violations, and efforts to strengthen the Packers & Stockyards Act, will go a long way to ensuring fairness in the industry. More accurately defining 'Product of the USA' labeling will also allow families to make more well-informed decisions at the grocery store.
"We are encouraged by the administration's willingness to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to improve price discovery in the cattle markets. We urge bipartisanship throughout this process. Securing fair prices for farmers and for families is a goal that transcends party lines."