“I am pleased to announce that the Chief Executive Officers of each of the four largest meatpackers in the United States have agreed to testify at our upcoming Congressional hearing discussing cattle markets and increases price for consumers,” Scott said. “It is very important, very vital, and very urgent that we hear the perspectives from the CEOs at these companies and get the full picture of why prices have gone up for consumers and down for ranchers.”
Chairman David Scott continued, “In addition to this panel of CEOs, we will be convening a panel of ranchers to hear what consolidation in the beef industry has done to their bottom lines and viability. We look forward to the variety of perspectives we will receive at this hearing and the clarity it will provide to our ranchers, our consumers, and to our nation’s food security.”
Scott did not announce a date for this hearing.
Senate Ag Heads to Michigan
Stabenow and Boozman also announced the committee will hold a field hearing to hear input from a diverse range of agricultural producers and stakeholders about our next Farm Bill. This is the first field hearing of the 117th?Congress focused on the 2023 Farm Bill and will take place at Michigan State University in?East Lansing on Friday, April 29.
“Our most recent Farm Bill passed with the strongest bipartisan support ever,” Stabenow said. “Senator Boozman and I intend to continue that strong bipartisan tradition. I am pleased to welcome him to Michigan to join me in hearing from farmers and others impacted by the Farm Bill about how we can strengthen this important legislation, grow our economy, and build A stronger food supply chain. Michigan is second in the nation for our diversity of crops and home to our Great Lakes, forests and diverse communities of all sizes.
“Crafting a farm bill that can become law is a delicate balance. The needs of each region and each commodity? must be balanced, which is why it is crucial that we hear directly from agricultural stakeholders from across the country. I look forward to joining Chairwoman Stabenow in Michigan to get this process underway, and to building off that with a field hearing in Arkansas in the coming months,” Boozman said.
The hearing, entitled Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: 2023 Farm Bill Perspectives from Michigan will focus on agriculture, as well as conservation, rural economic development, research, forestry, energy, and nutrition policies. Witnesses will be announced prior to the hearing.??
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