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Ag groups want Packers and Stockyards rider removed from budget proposal

Several agriculture groups are asking the House Committee on Appropriations to remove a policy rider from Fiscal Year 2024 ag budget that would impact the Packers and Stockyards Act.

In a letter to lawmakers, more than 102 groups, including the National Farmers Union, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and R-CALF USA said the policy rider prevents USDA from publishing rules to strengthen the effort.

U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Lia Biondo told Brownfield it’s not the first time something like this has happened.

“Whether it’s an appropriations committee or another committee in Congress, where they try to lessen the impact of the rule,” she says. “It’s a landmark law set up to protect farmers and ranchers from abusive behavior.”

Biondo said she is expecting opposition to the rider.

“We’re not quite sure when it will come up, but Marcy Kaptur from Ohio will introduce a counter amendment to strip this amendment from the appropriations package.”

The committee is meeting to review ag appropriations today. Watch the hearing.

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