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NLPA Holds Summer Board Meeting in the Wisconsin Dells

(National Livestock Producers Association, 8/11) -- The Summer Board Meeting of the National Livestock Producers Association, held Aug. 5-7 in the Wisconsin Dells, focused on several key issues in the livestock industry.  Among the most important were the current attention USDA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) is paying to the issue of competition in agriculture, and more specifically livestock marketing. 

On Aug. 27th, USDA and DOJ is holding a Competition Workshop in Fort Collins, Colo., during which there will be significant discussion regarding how livestock is marketed.  In addition, a recently-released proposed rule by GIPSA (the Grain Inspection, Packs & Stockyards Administration) was discussed by the NLPA Board and significant concerns were raised in regard to government intrusion into the ability of livestock producers and their cooperatives to effectively negotiate sales of animals based on quality and quantity.

 In addition, NLPA directors were concerned the rule, if adopted as proposed, could severely limit the number of buyers in livestock auctions due to provisions that would limit their ability to buy for more than one packer.  NLPA will be filing official comments on the proposed rule by November 22, 2010.

Also discussed at the meeting were recent developments in regard to the Beef Checkoff and the proposed governance structure of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).  NLPA, along with five other national organizations that represent beef producers, had previously raised concerns with a new governance structure being proposed by NCBA due to the fact that it could cede decision-making control to NCBA regarding checkoff dollars held by the Federation of State Beef Councils. 

The NLPA Board reaffirmed its strong support for the Beef Checkoff during the meeting and indicated it will remain involved in the issue as long as it appears producers who pay the $1 checkoff may lose the ability to control how those dollars are spent.

The NLPA Board will next meet January 17-19, 2011 in Reno, NV in conjunction with the American Sheep Industry Association.


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