Karen Budd-Falen weighs in on Meatpackers, 30×30
Karen Budd-Falen is one of the country’s most respected lawyers when it comes to defending Western interests, especially farmers and ranchers.
This week, she is headlining the Montana Stockgrower’s Association biannual meeting in Lewistown.
She recently returned to her law firms in Cheyenne, Wyoming. after a two-year stint as assistant counsel for wildlife and parks under the Trump administration.
We met her just before her trip to Montana and just before our LIVE Montana Talks statewide radio show from the MSGA mid-year reunion at the Yogo Inn. Budd-Falen has aggressively weighed on the monopoly practices of meat packers, and she also opposed Biden’s 30×30 environmental initiative.
Karen Budd-Falen on Meat Packers:
I think people are concerned about the situation of the packers. With the closure of JBS and the concentration of packers, this is also a major concern for the livestock industry. Looks like the packers are making money with the cattle in hand. But if you look at calf prices and cow-calf farms, we can barely hang on to our teeth. And so the only one that’s really going to be able to handle the concentration of the packers is Congress and I really wish Congress would have the will to break the packers like they did with “My Bell” and the phone and these other groups. monopolistic.
Karen Budd-Falen on the Biden 30×30:
The 30 by 30 plan was an executive decree he signed on January 27, 2021, which in my opinion will eliminate the additional multiple uses on public lands, as well as the acquisition of more private lands that will be owned by the government. . These taxes will never be paid to the tune of 440 million acres by 2030.
I also asked her if she thought our side was “too nice” and wasn’t pushing back hard enough. She talked about it, and more on 30×30. Here is the full audio:
By the way, while we were at the Montana Stockgrower mid-year reunion, we also had a great conversation with Stacey Barta. She is the State Coordinator for the Rangeland Resource Program at the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. She also brought one of the interns who spends the summer to work on different ranches as part of the “Montana Work Lands Internship Program.“It’s a very cool concept.