LMA Applauds Congress for Passing Livestock Dealer Statutory Trust, Ensuring Payment Protection for Livestock Sellers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 22, 2020) – The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) applauds Congress for passing Dealer Statutory Trust in the COVID relief package. A Dealer Statutory Trust will provide sellers of livestock much needed payment protection during dealer payment defaults.  

“LMA is grateful for the tremendous leadership of Congress to correct a fundamental unfairness in the current law where livestock sellers often cannot get livestock back when payment does not come through,” said LMA President Larry Schnell. “This is a top priority issue for livestock auctions, which pay producers whether or not we are paid by buyers, and have been devastated by past defaults.”   

The creation of a Dealer Statutory Trust, modeled after the existing Packer Statutory Trust, will give unpaid sellers of livestock first priority in livestock or, if the livestock have already been resold, the proceeds/receivables from livestock. 

While this protection for livestock sellers has long been needed, the volatile down market in cattle prices due to COVID-19 increased the urgency of addressing this issue.  

 A special thanks goes to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN), both of whom have been instrumental in moving this legislation forward. Recognition is also due to the original lead co-sponsors of Securing All Livestock Equitably (SALE) Act, (H.R. 6067, S. 3419), which would create a Dealer Statutory Trust. Congressmen Roger Marshall (RKS) and Jim Costa (DCA) led this effort in the House and Senators Jim Inhofe (ROK) and Tina Smith (DMN) championed the cause in the Senate 

Additional co-sponsors of the SALE Act include Representatives Don Bacon (R-NE), Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (D-GA), Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Liz Cheney (R-WY), James Comer (R-KY), TJ Cox (D-CA), Angie Craig (D-MN), Eric A. Crawford (R-AR), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Jim Hagedorn (R-MN), Josh Harder (D-CA), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Trent Kelly (R-MS), and Terri A. Sewell (D-AL). Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Steve Daines (R-MT), Michael B. Enzi (R-WY), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Doug Jones (D-AL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Jon Tester (D-MT), and John Thune (R-SD) are additional co-sponsors of the SALE Act in the Senate. 

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About the Livestock Marketing Association
The Livestock Marketing Association, headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas is North America’s largest membership organization dedicated to supporting, representing and communicating with and for the entire livestock marketing sector. LMA has more than 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.LMAWeb.com.