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RAMP-UP Act Would Benefit Both Livestock Producers And Consumers, Says Cong. Frank Lucas
Thu, 28 Jan 2021 08:29:04 CST
The RAMP-UP Act authored by U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) in 2020 is aimed at helping livestock producers and consumers.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Cong. Frank Lucas
On today’s Beef Buzz, Cong. Lucas discusses his legislation with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays.
The bill would establish a program to make facility upgrades and planning grants to existing meat and poultry processors to help them move to federal inspection.
It is an effort to try and increase the number of opportunities for livestock producers to sell their product to different processors, Lucas said.
I have had discussions with many ag economists about how to address some of the issues and the response is to add more demand for that live product and that is what we’re trying to do with the RAMP-UP Act, Lucas said.
You have got to have more people out there buying live cattle, putting them in more packing facilities that will benefit producers and consumers, Lucas said.
The legislation provided support for small meat processors so they can have the infrastructure to bring in federal meat inspectors to allow them to sell meat across state lines.
The progress of this concept could be slowed by the pending Justice Department antitrust investigations with the Packers and Stockyards Act.
With the change in the Justice Department it may slow down the process as we need that investigation to conclude so we can respond legislatively, Lucas said.
The need to equalize state and federal meat inspection is a critical issue, Lucas said.
State inspected meat cannot be sold outside the state.
The USDA stamp is necessary to sell across state lines and globally.
We have to address this imbalance so you will have more competition, Lucas said.
The Oklahoma congressman does not expect the issue to be resolved until the antitrust report is completed and with all the things going on in Congress now, he is not optimistic it will happen anytime soon.
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