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Oklahoma Sec. of Ag Blayne Arthur Requests USDA to Quickly Aid The Beef Cattle Industry

Wed, 08 Apr 2020 10:41:27 CDT

Oklahoma Sec. of Ag Blayne Arthur Requests USDA to Quickly Aid The Beef Cattle Industry Blayne Arthur is in the unique position to experience the COVID-19 crisis from the perspective of both a beef producer and as Oklahoma's Secretary of Agriculture. On Today's Beef Buzz we explore that perspective as she visits with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays.

On April 1, a letter was sent by 147 congressmen to USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue requesting priority assistance for the beef cattle industry as part of the CARES Act. Sec. Arthur has added her name to that letter to aid Oklahoma cattle producers.

Arthur wants Sec. Perdue to understand how difficult things are for cattle producers and have actually been difficult for several years.
We want him to take a good look at how this pandemic is impacting the beef industry, she said.

Specifically, she is encouraging swift action by working with the FSA offices and mimicking past aid programs geared to getting producers' assistance quickly.

Arthur is also adding her name to the long list of those asking the USDA to study the possibility of any market manipulation.
"We want the USDA to investigate all pieces of the supply chain," Arthur said.

The Oklahoma agriculture secretary said the common theme among calls she is getting from the beef industry indicates there is no profit margin left for them.
Producers are working hard to find creative ways to make a profit, Arthur said.

Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear more of the interview with Blayne Arthur as she talks with Ron Hays.

The Beef buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.

To see the full letter from Blayne Arthur, click below on the PDF.

   

   


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