Beltway Beef Audio News
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today hosted a hearing called “How A Broken Process Leads To Flawed Regulations.” Representing the livestock industry was Robbie LeValley, co-owner, Homestead Meats and member of the board of directors for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). She told the committee about the potential impact of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) proposed livestock marketing rule. Specifically, LeValley denounced big government invading the private marketplace.
“Value-based marketing has given our family business the opportunity to compete for market share at the highest level,” said LeValley, a third generation Colorado cattlewoman who sells beef directly to consumers. “We do not need big government setting up shop on our farms and ranches. Government intrusion into the private marketplace is not the answer.”
She told the committee that USDA did not conduct a cost/benefit analysis before proposing the rule. NCBA, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and other groups commissioned an independent analysis by Informa Economics, which concluded the rule would result in the loss of more than 23,000 jobs and reduce the annual gross domestic product by $1.6 billion.
Listen to LeValley's full testimony.
Testimony from Robbie LeValley - Colorado Cattlewoman - OGR Hearing (9-14-2011) by Beltway Beef