R-CALF USA Endorses House Bill that Places a Moratorium on Agriculture Industry Mega-Mergers and Acquisitions
For Immediate Release: Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard Phone: 406-252-2516; email@example.com
Billings, Mont. – R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement regarding today’s introduction of The Food and Agribusiness Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2018 by Reps Mark Pocan (D-WI), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Senate version of the bill in late August. The Act was previously introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).
“The U.S. cattle industry is in dire need of the updated and rigorous antitrust enforcement required by Representative Pocan’s moratorium bill.
“Over the past three decades the U.S. fed cattle market has become one of the most highly concentrated markets in agriculture, with only four packers controlling 85 percent of the market. This has severely eroded our cattle industry’s competitiveness.
“Two decades ago the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) concluded it could not determine if the U.S. cattle market was competitive in light of the then ongoing structural changes and increased use of marketing agreements and forward contracts by the highly concentrated packers.
“But nothing was done to restore competition and many more mergers and acquisitions have occurred since then.
“This summer, GAO (Government Accountability Office) investigators found that the average cattle feedlot has only two packers to sell to, and that competition was so lacking in some areas of the country that fed cattle prices were reduced.
“The future of the American cattleman rests on whether Congress will take immediate steps to require vigorous enforcement of our antitrust laws. The Pocan moratorium bill is the vehicle Congress must support to make that happen.”
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R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) is the largest producer-only cattle trade association in the United States. It is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. For more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-2516.
Posted by admin on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 @ 12:34PM
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