R-CALF Recognizes Progress but Skeptical of White House Action Plan

R-CALF calls the White House action plan for the meat supply chain progress, but the group remains skeptical about the plan. The effort includes government funding intended to slowly rebuild the competitive marketing channels for cattle and beef, which has created what the administration calls a “bottleneck” in the nation’s food supply chain. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard says, “We recognize that this level of government involvement is unprecedented, and that it’s critical for reversing the decades of inattention.” But Bullard says his group remains skeptical about the plan’s strategy for addressing decades of nonenforcement of U.S. antitrust laws and the 100-year-old Packers and Stockyards Act. R-CALF has waited for years, and by 2019 “it was clear the government was disinclined to protect the cattle industry” from alleged packer buying practices. R-CALF alleged the practices were harming cattle producers in the group’s private antitrust lawsuit filed against the largest packers in April of that year.

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