Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) is preparing to
introducelegislation to foster competition in livestock markets that serve
family farmersand ranchers. The bill is intended to lay the foundation for a
competition titlein the 2007 farm bill. Unfortunately, there is no stampede of
Senators beating apath to Senator Harkin’s door to co-sponsor the bill, despite
the fact thatduring the election cycle they made a lot of hay with rhetoric
about “standingup for family farmers and ranchers.”
John goes onto talk about who is opposed to this bill:
The American Meat Institute and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association are
exerting pressure on Congress to oppose these reforms. But recently the
Centerfor Rural Affairs joined 211 farm, faith and rural organizations in
calling fora competition title, with these provisions, in the farm bill.Family
farm andranch livestock production has been decimated in the five years that
have passedsince a conference committee tossed aside the hard fought competition
reformsthat were won on the Senate floor in 2002. Without action now, there will
be farfewer farmers and ranchers to fight for in another five years.
It would seem anything we can do to foster keeping up our family farm livestock numbers would be a good thing.
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