NBA Board Urges Secretary to Include Bison in Ag Relief Package

The National Bison Association Board of Directors last night unanimously adopted a resolution urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to assure that any agricultural relief package developed under the new stimulus package includes bison producers as eligible recipients.

The $2 trillion economic stimulus package expected to be passed by the U.S. House of “livestock producers, including dairy producers as eligible recipients. However, the preliminary package being developed by USDA has specifically targeted “beef” producers.

At the request of the NBA, several bison producers in North Dakota this week contacted the office of U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) to stress that bison producers face the same economic uncertainty being experienced by beef ranchers. Hoeven is chair of the Senate Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee, and had asked the Secretary to start developing measures to protect beef produces after being contacted by cattle ranchers from his state.

The resolution adopted by the NBA Board, and conveyed to Secretary Perdue today, reads:

The National Bison Association Board of Directors commends Congress and the Trump Administration for strong steps to protect agriculture and other vital sectors of the U.S. economy during this time of uncertainty related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Bison producers today face the same economic risks as do our neighboring producers in beef, dairy and other livestock sectors. Accordingly, we unanimously urge the Secretary of Agriculture and all other federal officials to assure that America’s bison producers are included as eligible recipients in any assistance program implemented for the livestock sector, and that any compensation for bison producers be based upon the prevailing market prices before March 2020.