Kansas farmers, ranchers to benefit from Biden’s new executive orders on agriculture

Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 10:41 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON (KWCH) - The USDA will now consider issuing new rules defining when meat can bear ‘Product of USA’ labels. The measure comes with an executive order signed by President Joe Biden.

The order clarifies what meat products can be labeled as products of the USA. It also increases market opportunities for ranchers to sell their products for a fairer price.

The order moves to protect farmers and ranchers against unfair practices by large meatpackers and other businesses, making it easier for farmers to file complaints with the USDA regarding pricing practices and protect them from retaliation when they file those reports.

Also included in the executive order is a measure proposed by Senator Jerry Moran that would ultimately help small meatpackers get certified to sell their meat in other states.

Senator Roger Marshall said he supports the president’s measures to help farmers and ranchers.

“I am fully supportive of ensuring that meat labels are clear and accurate for consumers. The current ‘Product of the USA’ label for beef does not convey accurate information to consumers and fails to help American ranchers distinguish their product in the meat case. I believe multiple new voluntary labels such as ‘Processed in the USA’ and ‘Born, Raised, and Processed in the USA’ should be developed to help U.S. ranchers differentiate the wholesome, safe, and nutritious beef they raise,” said Senator Marshall.

The president’s order also limits tractor manufacturers from determining where farmers can repair their tractors.

Economists are divided over whether the president’s order will help the economy.

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