Industry representatives outlined their views on key beef industry issues, including the livestock and poultry marketing rule proposed by GIPSA, federal ethanol policy and international trade, during a House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry hearing held to explore the state of the beef industry.

Those testifying included Jim Strickland, owner, Strickland Ranch, and president of the Florida Cattlemen's Association; Anne Burkholder, owner, Will Feed, Inc., Cozad, NE, and Ken Bull, vice president for cattle procurement, Cargill, Wichita, KS.

Bull discussed the importance of trade agreements, saying, "As global population approaches 8 billion by 2020, and per-capita GDP growth accelerates, there will be increased demand for protein including beef. Our challenge today is whether the beef industry will have the opportunity to capture this growing global demand for protein and the only way to do it is to grow market access through free-trade agreements."

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