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NCBA advocates economic relief for the beef supply chain in relief bill

26 March 2020

After the US Senate passed coronavirus relief legislation, the NCBA issued the following statement.

NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan Lane, commented:

"Tonight’s passage of the CARES Act by the Senate represents the culmination of more than a week of unprecedented bipartisan work on behalf of the American people. This bill marks an important step toward ensuring America’s cattlemen and women will be able to continue the critical work of feeding the nation during this time of crisis. The beef community greatly appreciates the leadership [and] efforts to provide financial tools and security for cattle producers who have suffered economic hardship as a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

"The entire agriculture community requires the certainty this bill provides to ensure their livelihoods and the well-being of rural communities across the nation. We applaud the Senate’s action tonight and urge the House of Representatives to quickly pass the CARES Act and send it to the President’s desk."

Speaking earlier on 25 March, Lane commented:

“As soon as this crisis hit, NCBA began working with all segments of the beef supply chain to do whatever was necessary to keep the supplies moving and to keep producers producing. It quickly became obvious that most sectors of the cattle business, including cow-calf, stockers and feedlots, were losing money due to unprecedented market volatility. NCBA immediately acted to secure relief for these affected producers. We appreciate the hard work of Leader McConnell and all the Senators who have crafted this agreement.”



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