USDA Hosting Livestock Mandatory Reporting Stakeholder Meetings
November 11, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service will conduct a series of structured stakeholder meetings to seek feedback on current livestock and meat marketing methods and the Livestock Mandatory Reporting program. The first stakeholder meeting will be held Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C.

"The American Sheep Industry Association will be represented at these stakeholder meetings," stated ASI President and N.D. sheep producer Burton Pfliger. "Secretary-Treasurer Benny Cox (Texas) will be the official ASI delegate with Erica Sanko, California Wool Growers Association state executive, and Paul Rodgers, ASI deputy director of policy, serving the role of alternates."

This first informational meeting will establish the procedural ground rules and help lay the groundwork for subsequent commodity-specific meetings by clarifying the goals and objectives. AMS will provide stakeholders with an overview of current LMR reporting and audit processes. Stakeholders will participate in interest-based problem-solving training and identify possible dates for future meetings. Separate focus group meetings for sheep, lamb and imported lamb, cattle and beef, and swine and pork will be held starting in the spring of 2017 after many of these industries' trade associations hold their annual meetings and conventions, and gather input from their membership.

Along with ASI, the following industry organizations have volunteered to participate in this process: American Farm Bureau Federation, CME Group, Livestock Marketing Association, Livestock Marketing Information Center, Meat Importers Council of America, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Farmers Union, National Pork Producers Council, North American Meat Institute, R-CALF USA, Southwest Meat Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and U.S. Cattlemen.

By March 1, 2018, USDA will submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report containing the findings of this study.