Cattle farmers cheer as congress extends key farm bill

Nov 20, 2023

The cattle farming community, represented by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), is celebrating a significant legislative win. Congress has passed a government funding package, including a one-year extension of the 2018 Farm Bill, now effective until September 30, 2024. This extension is accompanied by the prolongation of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting program until January 19, 2024. 

The NCBA President, Todd Wilkinson, praised the move, emphasizing its importance for cattle farmers nationwide. These extensions are not just legislative acts but lifelines that provide cattle producers with the necessary certainty and guidance in their farming practices. 

Wilkinson, a cattle producer from South Dakota, highlighted the NCBA's active role in dialogues with Congress and the President’s administration. Their advocacy focuses on securing a long-term Farm Bill that will cater to the evolving needs of the cattle industry. In addition, they aim for a clean reauthorization of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting program, which is vital for the industry's transparency and efficiency. 

The NCBA's efforts are rooted in understanding the complexities of cattle farming and the need for consistent and supportive legislative frameworks. With the agricultural sector facing numerous challenges, such as market volatility and environmental concerns, these extensions provide a much-needed sense of security. 

Wilkinson urges the President to promptly sign the resolution, a move that would further cement the government's commitment to supporting the cattle industry. The NCBA's advocacy and this legislative achievement exemplify the importance of governmental support in ensuring the sustainability and growth of the agricultural sector, particularly in the context of cattle farming. 

Source : wisconsinagconnection
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