Iowans push for policy to improve livestock markets

Tim Kaldenberg and Ben Albright
Ben Albright, a Calhoun County Farm Bureau member, outlines a policy to improve livestock market transparency during the 2021 American Farm Bureau Federation policy session, which was held virtually last week. Albright was joined in the national policy session by Tim Kaldenberg, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation District 8 director, left; and Jeff Pape of Dubuque County, as well as six other delegates from Iowa. PHOTO / DIRCK STEIMEL

Farm Bureau delegates from Iowa successfully added policy to advocate for more negotiated sales and market transparency in livestock markets during last week’s 2021 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual policy session. 

The AFBF delegates participating in the virtual policy session also backed several other key Iowa Farm Bureau priorities, including:

• A push for utilizing higher blends of biofuels and the adoption of uniform nationwide labeling for ethanol and biodiesel at service stations.

• The creation of a harvest price option for farmers forced by adverse weather to take the federal crop insurance program’s prevent planting option.

“We are fighting a lot of price discovery issues in the beef industry now, so we need to find ways to have more price transparency,” said Ben Albright, a Calhoun County Farm Bureau...

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