Trump suggests the U.S. terminate cattle imports
During a news conference announcing the roll out of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program last week, President Trump suggested the U.S. might want to end cattle imports as a way to help beef producers hurt by coronavirus-caused distortions in the food supply chain.
NCBA CEO Colin Woodall, however, said that may miss the mark, according to the Oklahoma Farm Report.
"Today's comment by President Donald Trump demonstrates the complexity of the U.S. beef business. Live cattle imports to the United States only come from Canada and Mexico and will continue to do so under the terms of the President's newly negotiated USMCA. America has not imported live cattle from other nations for several years, Woodall said.
“However, if President Trump is serious about reconsidering import decisions, NCBA and its members strongly request the White House to take another look at his decision to allow fresh beef imports from nations like Brazil, where there continue to be concerns with foot-and-mouth disease and USDA's decision to reopen the American market to Brazilian beef."
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