The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is continuing to work on behalf of cattle producers through the Covid-19 crisis.
In a conference call Wednesday, Ethan Lane, vice president of government affairs, says they are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus pandemic and are continuing work to make sure agriculture and beef producers are taken care of.
The number one area being watched is the beef supply chain and ensuring security. Lane said NCBA has been in contact with the USDA to ensure APIS, FSIS and other inspectors are continuing their work and have a plan in place if sickness erupts to keep the supply chain moving. He said they are also working to ensure the BLM and other federal organizations are working with producers to keep the beef chain moving.
“We are pleased with the plan to keep the inspectors on the job,” said Lane.
He added that the hours of service emergency waiver by the U.S. Department of Transportation is also helping producers move cattle to the market to keep the supply chain moving.
The NCBA is also closely watching the U.S. Congress as they work on a third stimulus package as a result of the crisis. Lane said they are keeping an eye on new and interest rates for existing loans so that beef producers an continue as the Covid-19 situation changes. He added that the NCBA is working ot ensure agriculture and cattle are protected in whatever package comes from Congress.
Another item closely being watched by the NCBA is the fact that beef is a commodity in high demand right now but prices at the market are not showing that. Lane said it is a concern and they are watching the markets closely.
“There will be life after this Covid-19 outbreak and we will continue to keep the conversations moving,” said Lane.