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Ag and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M Releases Book on the Current Cattle Market Challenges

Tue, 05 Oct 2021 10:11:08 CDT

Ag and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M Releases Book on the Current Cattle Market Challenges In response to a request from Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, AFPC, at the Department of Agricultural Economics in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have completed an extensive report on the U.S. cattle market, including information on supply chain disruptions.

The book, "The U.S. Beef Supply Chain: Issues and Challenges," is the result of a collaboration between Texas A&M's Agricultural and Food Policy Center, national experts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The 180-plus page book, titled "The U.S. Beef Supply Chain: Issues and Challenges" can be seen and read by clicking here. It is the result of proceedings from an AFPC-hosted workshop on cattle markets held June 3-4 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The book puts into context a variety of disruptions in the cattle market, including the 2019 fire that took the nation's second-largest beef packing plant offline for four months and the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on packing plants and significant disruption of beef supply chains.

"This is the product of a collaboration between the AFPC and the Office of the Chief Economist at the USDA," said Bart Fischer, Ph.D., co-director of AFPC and one of the book's editors. "The work originated from a request by the bipartisan leadership of the Committee on Agriculture in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 116th Congress."

Of course- Bart is an Oklahoman- He grew up in Chattanooga- graduated from OSU- went to work for Congressman Frank Lucas and became the Chief Economist of the House Ag Committee while Mr. Lucas was the Chairman of the House Ag Committee- he was a key player in developing the current federal farm safety net that was put into place in the 2014 farm law.

While he was serving as a key staffer for the House Ag Committee- I got special permission to interview him on the record about his career and how FFA was an integral part of his success- you can read more and listen to that conversation from 2014 by clicking here.

Read more about the book project and the highlights from the Texas Agrilife news release- available here.



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