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NCBA's Ethan Lane Says There Are Some Positives to Having a Familiar Face Return to The USDA
Wed, 30 Dec 2020 08:33:21 CST
A familiar face is returning to lead the USDA under the Biden administration and that is good news for agriculture, said Ethan Lane, NCBA vice president of government affairs.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Ethan Lane
During an interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, Lane said former USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack knows his way around the agency and the many issues farmers are facing today.
He knows how the agency works and will be ready go on day one, Lane said.
We have a relationship with him and that is good news, Lane said.
We’re excited to have him back at the helm as he knows the issues and we won’t have to spend a lot of time educating him, Lane said.
One of those issues is mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) and Vilsack understood it wouldn’t work.
We have moved on from the COOL issue and focused on product of the USA labeling now, Lane said.
The open-ended use of the label that doesn’t fit what the consumers are expecting is a concern for us, he said.
In the new year, Lane said the Biden administration is going to be battling internally with the progressives and moderates as they focus on rural America.
Biden didn’t do well in rural America and Lane said this administration is going to have days that are hostile to the cattle industry and they are going to have days that we are going to be happy with them.
The NCBA staffer said things are going to look different than the last four years but there are going to be opportunities for some wins, and we will have to take advantage of those.
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