The White House
Washington, D. c.
Dear Mr. President:
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June 7, 1974
In recent days, presentations have been made to the White House staff
in behalf of a seriously depressed livestock industry. I wish to join
with my colleagues in asking that you give this situation your personal
attention. We cannot permit such a vital element of our economy to flounder
a s i t is now. Action must be taken to close the gap between prices received
by the livestock producers and the prices charged by the packers and retailers.
The reasons for this predicament are varied. The main point is that
something has to be done now to protect the ranchers of our Nation. I am
j oining with several of my western colleagues in the introduction of
leg islation to provide emergency assistance to the cattle industry under the
Department of Agriculture's loan program. These loans are vital to feed
l ot operators. I also concur in the recommendations that the Federal
Government introduce a beef purchase program for military and school lunches.
Most importantly, I ask that you exercise your authority in reimposing strict
import quotas on beef and livestock products which compete with those in
this Country. As you know, I have cons istently supported this safety valve
and the present situation underscores the need to reimpose these quotas.
Your cooperation and assistance in this matter are vital. I am convinced
t hat we can have a strong and healthy livestock industry if some reasonable
attitudes can be returned to the price of beef in the retail market.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 50, Folder 3, Mansfield Libary, University of Montana
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