White House focuses on competition in 2022

| January 7, 2022

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

This week, the White House hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss competition in the meatpacking industry. During the roundtable, President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack formally announced the “Biden-Harris Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain.”

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association appreciates the efforts of the Biden-Harris Administration to address challenges related to a consolidated meatpacking industry. We are encouraged by the support for the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act, as well as the creation of a portal for producers to confidentially report concerns about potential violations of competition laws.  

In the near future, we hope to learn more details regarding the $1 billion investment in independent processing capacity. We also look forward to participating in the rulemaking processes to strengthen enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act and clarify “Product of the USA” labeling. 

Our members have provided thoughtful guidance to our elected and agency officials through testimony, comment, and direct conversation. The advocacy of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has undoubtedly helped to bring these issues to the attention of President Biden and his team. The real work is just beginning; we must continue to inform our key decision makers to ensure the intent aligns with the impact of actions. To read the full statement from the White House, visit: https://bit.ly/32XYA3E.

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 8,000 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.” www.iacattlemen.org.