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Policy Round Up: COVID Legislation; Aluminum Tariffs; Restaurant Performance

COVID Relief: Today was the target deadline for the next COVID relief package; that is not going to happen. Neither the Senate or House was in session today but are subject to a one-day recall back for a vote if necessary. Negotiations continue but progress is not being made. The hang-ups are the big picture items – unemployment benefit extensions, aid to states, etc. The ag provisions will be much easier to pull together once a framework is agreed to.   Add sheep and lamb producers to the list of expanded payments. The Mountain States Rosen plant in Greely, which had filed for bankruptcy, was purchased by JBS, which will convert the plant to a beef processing (not slaughter) facility. That leaves the lamb market short a pl...

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