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North American Meat Institute to House Agriculture Committee: Asked and Answered

Monday, March 21, 2022


CONTACT: Sarah Little (443) 440-0029

WASHINGTON, DC – The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today issued the following statement regarding House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott’s announcement of an upcoming hearing on the beef industry and food prices:

“The Meat Institute and its members have already made themselves available to Chairman Scott and all Members of Congress on several occasions to help improve the understanding of the beef markets,” said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the Meat Institute. “This hearing will be no different. The questions have been asked and answered.”

“The House Agriculture Committee already has had two full committee hearings and one subcommittee hearing on the same subject. These hearings are in addition to hearings in the House Judiciary, Senate Judiciary and Senate Agriculture Committees. The hearing announced today will be the 7 th hearing on meat and poultry markets.

“The Meat Institute will again share that fed cattle prices in the fourth quarter of 2021 reached seven-year highs.

“The Meat Institute will again demonstrate that beef didn’t drive the record inflation last fall and so far in 2022. In the calculation of the Consumer Price Index, beef accounts for 0.546 % … so even at a 12 month increase of beef prices from January 2021 to January 2022 of 16%, beef added just 0.08 % inflation to the economy.”

“The Meat Institute will provide the House Agriculture Committee with same facts it has repeatedly presented to the Biden Administration.

“The Meat Institute will again show, despite what the White House alleges, in the 265 months beginning January 1970 through January 2022, packers received the smallest share of the consumer beef dollar each month except May 2020, the peak of the COVID-related packing plant shutdowns that briefly reduced the beef supply.”

“The Meat Institute will again provide the same facts for the record: the fundamentals of supply and demand explain the behavior of the beef and cattle market.

“The Meat Institute will again provide the same data from USDA and other government agencies demonstrating the market has behaved predictably based on the market circumstances.

“The Meat Institute will again present the testimony and analysis of leading economists and other market experts that supply and demand are driving prices for cattle and the consumer.

“We will again present information about oversight of the beef and cattle markets by USDA and the Department of Justice.

“We will also again share with the Committee the pride our members have in the work they do during extraordinary circumstances to make food for our nation and to keep the farm economy moving. We will again share that more beef products were produced in 2020 and 2021 than ever before to meet record U.S. consumer demand for meat.

“Finally, the Meat Institute will again provide the Committee with a greater understanding of how the food supply chain works with insight about all participants including retail, packers, feeders and other livestock producers.”

Previous Meat Institute Testimony at 6 Hearings on Meat and Poultry Markets:
North American Meat Institute to House Judiciary: Meat & Poultry Industry not to Blame for Inflation

North American Meat Institute to House Ag: Labor Shortage Driving Inflation

NAMI Witness to House Ag Committee: Beef & Cattle Markets Driven by Supply & Demand

NAMI Submits Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: Experts Agree: Livestock Markets Not Broken; Affected by Supply and Demand

NAMI Testimony to House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture

North American Meat Institute to Senate Agriculture Committee: Market Fundamentals Drive the Beef & Cattle Market

Previous Meat Institute Statements in Response to Biden Administration Charges:
North American Meat Institute Issues Statement on USDA Packer & Stockyards Proposals
North American Meat Institute to Vilsack Request for Comments on Supply Chain Resiliency: Meat & Poultry Supply Chain Remains Resilient

North American Meat Institute Issues Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order & USDA’s Proposed Changes to Packers & Stockyards Rules

North American Meat Institute’s Statement on Consumer Prices for Meat and Poultry Products

North American Meat Institute to Secretary Vilsack: Scapegoating Industry Does Not Help Consumer

North American Meat Institute: White House Economic Council Not Very Economic

North American Meat Institute: Government Intervention in Markets Will Not Help Consumers, Producers

The Cost of Beef for Consumers Stable Since 1994 Under Current Structure of Fed Cattle Market

Did You Know: Packer share of the Consumer Food Dollar Lower than Producers

Leading Economists Say:
New Texas A&M Report: Government Interference in Beef & Cattle Markets has Unintended Consequences; Will Cost Producers Billions

NAMI Submits Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: Experts Agree: Livestock Markets Not Broken; Affected by Supply and Demand

About North American Meat Institute
The Meat Institute is the United States’ oldest and largest trade association representing packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal, turkey, and processed meat products. NAMI members include over 350 meat packing and processing companies, the majority of which have fewer than 100 employees, and account for over 95 percent of the United States’ output of meat and 70 percent of turkey production.

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