Regulatory issues: NCBA executive directors provide update on governmental affairs


Wyoming Livestock Roundup

February 12th, 2021


On Feb. 6, four National Cattlemen抯 Beef Association (NCBA) executive directors met up for NCBA抯 Beltway Beef podcast to discuss the hottest topics in Washington, D.C., including the latest Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) developments, an Hours of Service (HOS) update, a climate and natural resources update and NCBA抯 2021 policy priorities.


Latest CFAP developments


牋牋牋牋牋?To begin the conversation, Danielle Beck, NCBA executive director of government affairs, explains the latest developments in CFAP aid.


牋牋牋牋牋?揅FAP is one of the many things that has been put on pause in President Biden抯 regulatory freeze pending review,?Beck notes. 揂lthough Biden hitting pause on CFAP money doesn抰 really affect cattle producers, NCBA is working with the administration to ensure when they do lift their finger from the pause button, we aren抰 left out in the cold again.?/p>


牋牋牋牋牋?Beck notes there is $1.4 billion coming available for cattle producers who were left out of the first round of CFAP.


牋牋牋牋牋?揑t is also important to note the CFAP payments authorized in the last COVID-19 package are discretionary funding that didn抰 come from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC),?says Beck. 揑t is also very clearly spelled out in statute that there is no way around providing those payments ?the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) simply doesn抰 have the authority.?


牋牋牋牋牋?She continues, 揂dditionally, CCC has broad regulatory authority, but it is not in the form of a savings account to dip into. It is more like a line of credit, where we see them borrow against themselves from the Department of the Treasury, and the money has to be paid back through the appropriations process.?


牋牋牋牋牋?Beck recognizes there is a lot of speculation around how CFAP funding will be used moving forward and the type of authority surrounding the program, but she encourages producers to be patient.


牋牋牋牋牋?揑t is too early for people to speculate, and it isn抰 worth getting bent out of shape about,?she says.


Climate and natural resources ...


HOS update ...


NCBA 2021 policy priorities ...