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Senator Hawley Raises Missouri Farmers’ Concerns with Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to UDSA

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to ask for clarity on issues with the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) brought to him by Missouri farmers. In the letter, Senator Hawley raises the concerns of cattle producers, who feel penalized by the program for not selling their cattle at the bottom of the market, and of row crop farmers, who may be ineligible for aid because they didn’t have a crop in 2019 due to natural...

Hawley, Fischer, and Colleagues Call for DOJ Antitrust Investigation into Beef Packers

Today, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) joined Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in writing a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for an antitrust investigation into the highly concentrated beef packing sector.

“Cattlemen across America seriously question the ability for their children to take over what are frequently multi-generational, family-owned operations that have served as the engines for their communities and our country’s food...

Hawley Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging Congressional Leaders to Support Pork Producers During Pandemic

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley sent a bipartisan letter with 13 of his Senate colleagues to Congressional leaders seeking additional funding for programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that would assist pork producers who are being forced to depopulate livestock herds because of restaurant and meat processing plant closures during the pandemic. Farmers are facing an animal welfare crisis due to overcrowding and the challenge of providing enough feed and water available to each animal....

Senators Hawley, Baldwin Ask FTC to Open Antitrust Investigation into Meatpackers Amid Plant Closures

U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open an antitrust investigation into the meatpacking industry. The industry is currently dominated by just a handful of large, multinational firms that have concentrated meat processing into fewer and fewer facilities, leaving America’s food supply chain vulnerable to disruptions.

Hawley, Blunt Join Bipartisan Effort Urging USDA to Support Pork Producers

Missouri Senators Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt joined a bipartisan letter urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to take immediate action to assist pork producers and maintain the pork food supply chain. “We hope this component of the supply chain is restored quickly,” the members of Congress wrote. “However, in the event that producers are unable to schedule harvest of their hogs, we request that you consider how to use your existing authorities and available funds to...

Hawley, Blunt, Senators Urge USDA to Provide Assistance to Dairy Farmers Impacted by Coronavirus

This week, Missouri Senators Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt joined 13 of their Senate colleagues in urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to extend assistance to the dairy industry, which has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As large swaths of the U.S. economy have shuttered in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, so too have long-existing markets for U.S. dairy producers. This standstill has left dairy farmers with excess product that was originally...

Hawley, Blunt, Senators Urge USDA to Allocate Additional Funds to Biofuel Producers Negatively Impacted by COVID-19

Senators Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt joined a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting additional funds be allocated to the biofuel industry through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) during the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As the country follows the advice of local and state governments and remain at home, motor fuel use has rapidly decreased… The decrease in fuel consumption has...

Hawley, Blunt Join Colleagues in Urging USDA to Provide Immediate Assistance to Cattle Producers

This week, Missouri Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in sending a letter urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide immediate assistance to cattle producers by using the resources provided in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act, including the replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and additional emergency funding. The resources...

Senator Hawley Statement on Navigable Waters Protection Rule

“I applaud the Trump administration for replacing the burdensome Waters of the United States rule with new guidelines that put Missourians – not big government – in control. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule gives farmers and ranchers more clarity and states more flexibility in determining how to best to manage their land and water, just as Congress intended with the Clean Water Act. It’s a straightforward approach to protecting our beautiful lakes and rivers without burying everyone in...