Congress Provides Additional Aid to Cattle Producers

| December 22, 2020

Contact: Iowa Cattlemen's Association, 515-296-2266, Contact Us.

On December 21, Congress passed a 5,593-page COVID relief & government spending bill. The massive bill includes various provisions related to healthcare, financial assistance to the public and businesses, transportation, education, and much more. The price tag of the coronavirus relief package is $900 billion, with an additional $1.4 trillion dedicated to the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2021. A $13 billion allocation is directed to support farmers, ranchers, and processors impacted by COVID-19.

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to see the inclusion of a Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) extension through September 30, 2021. We believe the LMR extension will give adequate time for the beef cattle industry to develop consensus regarding a solution to bring more price discovery and transparency to cattle markets.

“Late last night, Congress passed a coronavirus relief and government spending bill on a Hail Mary. A few key priorities that impact producers’ livelihoods were woven into the 5,593-page text. We appreciate the efforts of Iowa’s congressional delegation in representing the interests of the beef cattle industry.”

Additional topics of interest in the bill include, but are not limited to:

  • ELD enforcement for livestock haulers
  • Meat processing and Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS)
  • COVID relief payments to cattle producers

The bill was passed by the House and Senate late last night, and is slated to be signed into law by President Trump.

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About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 9,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”