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LIVESTOCK LEGACY                   honor, Forkner humbly said his                         The Midwest Cattleman · October 22, 2020 · P10
      continued from page 2              most meaningful reflection re-
      founder animals for Mizzou’s  garding his selection was being         Editor’s Note:
      National Institutes of Health  “able to achieve something you           An award ceremony
      Swine Resource and Research  thought was impossible.”                 and fund-raising event
      Center.  Just  last  month  he        An  original oil painting of    for the livestock judg-
      was inducted into the National  Forkner will be framed and            ing fund commemorat-
      Pork Producers Council Hall of  hung when the award is pre-           ing Forkner’s induction
      Fame.  When  asked  about  his  sented at the annual North            into the Saddle & Sir-
      leadership and expertise in  American International Live-             loin Club will be held
      the livestock industry, he says  stock Expo in Louisville, Ky., at    November 15th at Gob-
      he doesn’t consider himself as  the Kentucky Expo Center in           bler’s Roost restaurant
      such, rather that he has thor- November.  Originally  housed          7.8 miles east of Nevada,
      oughly enjoyed every opportu- in Chicago, the portrait gallery        Missouri.                     Everett Forkner being inducted into National
      nity that he was given.            moved to Louisville in 1976.                                     Pork Producers Council Hall of Fame. Photo
         Although induction into the                                                                      courtesy of National Pork Producers Council.
      portrait gallery is a prestigious   CAFNR
      MIGHT THE                             “You could imagine policies  way that actually incentivizes          “Plant-based products expe-
      continued from page 3              where they try to incentivize  producers to adopt practices  rienced some significant sales
      been widening over time, so it’s   certain practices that might  that actually achieve the de- growth,” he said, “but most of
      not surprising to see it starting   do a better job sequestering  sired outcome.                        the time that is expressed in
      to show up in some of our polit-   carbon. Could farmers be paid        “My fear is that something  percentage increases. If you
      ical debates.”                     for adopting those sorts of prac- like a cow tax will just (treat)  start from a really low base it’s
         Vice presidential nominee       tices? If we see a sweep of all  all animals the same, no mat- easy to get a large percentage
      Kamala Harris suggested ear-       the legislative and executive  ter how they are raised and  increase.”
      lier this summer she would like    branches of government, it’s  what part of the country they             During the height of the
      to see a change to U.S. dietary    more likely we’ll see that kind  are raised in, no matter how  packing plant slowdowns in
      guidelines to reduce meat con-     of move towards those sorts of  they are fed, no matter how  April and May, Lusk said plant-
      sumption. However, Lusk said       policies,” Lusk said.              productive they are,” he said.  based sales didn’t increase
      it could be difficult to change       Morgan questioned whether  “I think that would be unpro- much during that period, de-
      those dietary guidelines imme-     politicians are listening to the  ductive. We want to make sure  spite retailers limiting the pur-
      diately.                           scientists who are showing that  if we go down that route that  chase of red meat items.
         “There’s a dietary guidelines   livestock’s impact on climate  we have a system that actually           “We might have expected a
      committee going on right now,”     change is exaggerated by activ- incentivizes folks to move in a  spike in plant-based sales, but
      he said. “The way the adminis-     ists.                              good direction.”                  I  really  didn’t  see  that in the
      tration would affect that pro-        “Livestock does have an im-       One issue Lusk has observed  data. It does suggest who is
      cess is by who they appointed      pact on the environment,” Lusk  during the coronavirus pan- buying those products. Maybe
      to that committee. Can they        said. “The question is how big  demic is how consumers react- these are not the people that
      undo that now? I doubt it. But     and how much? Our own EPA  ed with their food purchases.  were buying a lot of beef and
      that is a lever (a new adminis-    suggests that maybe 9% of all  While  it  was  predictable  that  pork to begin with.”
      tration would have).”              greenhouse gas emissions are  consumers stocked up on pasta             Lusk says he is also im-
         Lusk said if a new adminis-     from agriculture, maybe 3% or  and rice or items that are stor- pressed with the strength of
      tration sought certain types of    4% of that is cattle.  We have  able, he said the way meat “flew  meat demand during the pan-
      environmental regulations or       to put that in context relative  off the shelf was just not what I  demic, “especially with the fact
      climate regulations, that could    to the other impacts that we  would have predicted.”                 that we haven’t come anywhere
      have an impact on the cattle       have.”                               Additionally, Lusk says the  close to full-recovery of the food
      and beef industry. He sees some       Lusk said any efforts to curb  sales data for plant-based pro- service or restaurant sectors.”
      pros and cons for agriculture      greenhouse gas emissions for  teins did not suggest a trend          Drovers
      under a Biden/Harris adminis-      livestock should be done in a  away from red meat.

      LEGISLATION                        livestock losses caused by fed- the economic and natural re-         of dollars in losses in any given
      continued from page 3              erally protected species, while  source impacts their decisions      year. It is imperative that pro-
                                         also authorizing funding for  can have," said PLC Executive  ducers  have  common-sense
      from  predation,  compensate       producers to carry out non-le- Director and NCBA Executive  tools to protect their livestock,
      livestock producers who expe-      thal deterrence activities. These  Director of Natural Resources,  their financial security, and
      rience depredation by federal-     are both activities previously  Kaitlynn Glover. "This is some-      local wildlife populations."
      ly protected species, and fund     funded primarily by affected  thing  PLC  and  NCBA  have               The ACE Act  also  includes
      methods to reduce conflicts be-    States, despite the federal pro- urged Congress to recognize for     funding to improve invasive
      tween humans and predators.        tections for animals causing the  years, so this relief comes at a   species control and prevention
         Introduced by Senate En-        predation. PLC and NCBA have  time when producers are con-           efforts, a provision designed to
      vironment and Public  Works        worked with Congress and fed- tending with losses from multi-        develop innovative ways to re-
      Chairman John Barrasso (R-         eral agencies to provide relief to  ple events,”                     duce  human-predator  conflict,
      Wyo.) and Ranking Member           States and producers through         “We also applaud the es-        and establishes a task force to
      Tom Carper (D-Del.), the ACE       improvements to federal regu- tablishment of a specific dep-         address  prevailing  concerns
      Act contains a number of pro-      lations and through compensa- redation permitting structure          about Chronic Wasting Disease
      visions designed to address im-    tion programs, and the ACE Act  for producers who have expe-         (CWD) that occurs in cervids
      pacts that wildlife and wildlife   provides relief in both ways.      rienced losses due to common      like deer, moose, and elk.  The
      management can have on live-          "Livestock producers and  raven and black vulture dep-            bill now awaits signature by
      stock production.                  States face significant burdens  redation. Most of these losses      President Trump.
         One such provision provides     when the federal government  occur during calving and lamb-
      depredation payments for live-     implements protections for spe- ing season, with producers ex-       NCBA
      stock producers who experience     cies without any support for  periencing tens of thousands
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