- Leah Douglas: For all his talk about the little guy, Trump hasn't done much for ranchers
- In his first 100 days, Trump could offer ranchers protections and help against monopolists, she writes
Leah Douglas is a reporter and policy analyst with the Open Markets program at New America. She is the editor of Food & Power, a resource on consolidation in the food system. Follow her @leahjdouglas. The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)While President Donald Trump won praise as president-elect for his efforts to protect manufacturing workers against imports and off-shoring, and even though one of his first actions in office was to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he has thus far largely ignored the plight of America's ranchers and farmers. In his first 100 days, he should take action to confront this year's crisis in the beef industry. And that means addressing the growing power of the meat monopolists whose control of both domestic slaughterhouses and imports are driving American ranchers and farmers out of business.