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Senate Ag Hearings to Look at Renewable Energy, Cattle Markets

Chris Clayton
By  Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor
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Along with a subcommittee hearing on renewable energy on Tuesday, the full Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday looking at challenges with cattle markets. Senators will have several bills to discuss involving livestock markets and the market concentration of meatpackers. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

It's going to be a busy couple of days for hearings with the Senate Agriculture Committee, looking at both renewable energy and cattle markets this week.

On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy will hold a hearing looking at "Renewable Energy -- Growth and Opportunities for our Rural Economies." The hearing will be held at 8:30 Central Time and include the following witnesses:

- Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy

- Katie Sieben, Chairwoman of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

- Shannon Schlecht, Executive Director of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

- Bill Cherrier, Executive Vice President and CEO of Central Iowa Power Cooperative

- Matthew Mancuso, Dean, Industrial Technology at Iowa Western Community College

On Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Central, the full Senate Ag Committee will hold a hearing, "Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producers to Consumer."

This hearing has been a long time coming, but the witness list has not been released as of Monday afternoon.

In preparation for Wednesday's hearing, both Reuters and the Wall Street Journal (Dow Jones) published articles in recent days citing that Congress is looking to increase oversight of the meat sector. The WSJ piece cited Andy Green, USDA's senior advisor for fair and competitive markets. "America's food system has a monopoly problem," Green said. "There's a lot that we want to do to bring competition back to the market."……

Both hearings will be streamed live here:…

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