AMS Hosts Listening Session for Development of Cattle Contract Library Pilot Program


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AMS Hosts Listening Session for Development of Cattle Contract Library Pilot Program

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is working to establish a livestock contract library pilot program. Bruce Summers is the director of AMS. “Congress has given us until September 30, 2023 to design and implement this pilot,” he says. “It’s 16 months and not a ton of time.”

Chelsea Good of the Livestock Marketing Association says the Cattle Contract Library pilot should focus on three areas. “The first is ease of use,” she says. “The second is completeness of information, and the third is volume information that is meaningful to the industry.”

Mark Dopp of the North American Meat Institute says his organization has concerns and that keeping business information confidential is crucial. “Everyone should remember that information released by AMS through this mechanism will be available to everyone,” he said. “Not just growers and not just packers, but everyone in the supply chain and beyond. For this reason, I will repeat what I said before, do no harm.

Brett Crosby is a cattle rancher and member of the US Cattlemen’s Association. “I believe that every livestock market participant should follow the same rules,” he says. “Entities that benefit from publicly available data should also be required to participate in the development of these datasets.”

AMS will accept written comments until April 29, 2022. The full recorded session along with written comments will be posted on the AMS website.

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