Last week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association condemned the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022, approved by the House Agriculture Committee. The special investigator bill would create a new position in the Department of Agriculture with prosecutorial and subpoena power.

NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane said the legislation was rushed through the legislative process “without consideration of the confusing bureaucratic mess it would create.”

The North American Meat Institute agrees in a statement, adding, “USDA and the Department of Justice already have the authorities this bill would grant making this expansion of government bureaucracy.”

However, National Farmers Union said the bill would increase enforcement of competition laws and boost USDA’s resources to investigate abusive market practices. NFU President Rob Larew added, “Greater enforcement of competition laws by USDA will better ensure America’s independent family farmers and ranchers have a chance to succeed in today's marketplace, now dominated by monopolies.”

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