NCBA applauds farm bill extension and urges swift presidential action

USAgNet - 11/20/2023

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has expressed gratitude towards Congress for the recent passage of a government funding package. This package notably includes a one-year extension of the 2018 Farm Bill, now set to expire on September 30, 2024. Additionally, it extends the Livestock Mandatory Reporting program until January 19, 2024.

NCBA President Todd Wilkinson, himself a South Dakota cattle producer, highlighted the significance of these extensions. They provide essential stability and certainty to cattle producers across the United States. These programs are fundamental to the everyday operations of livestock farmers, offering guidelines and support crucial for their businesses.

The NCBA has been actively engaged with Congress and the President’s administration, advocating for the interests of cattle farmers. Their efforts focus on not just short-term extensions but also on the pursuit of a long-term Farm Bill. Moreover, they emphasize the importance of a clean reauthorization of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting program.

Wilkinson has called on the President for a swift signing of this continuing resolution. He underscores the urgency of this action, given the numerous challenges and tasks that still lie ahead for the livestock sector.

This legislative decision is a testament to the NCBA's ongoing advocacy efforts and its crucial role in shaping agricultural policy. The extension is seen as a vital step in providing much-needed stability and continuity for cattle producers at a time of significant agricultural challenges.

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