USCA’s Long Road to Truth in Labeling Secures Major Victory

March 11, 2024 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the finalization of a rule that would solidify voluntary “Product of USA” labeling claims. The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) has worked tirelessly to clarify years of confusion at the consumer level regarding the labeling of US beef products. Starting in 2017, USCA’s Director Emeritus Leo …

USCA Urges Support of CRA Resolution to Halt Beef Imports from Paraguay

February 26, 2024 – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following response regarding Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introducing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the US Department of Agriculture’s recent decision to lift its animal health restrictions on imported fresh beef from Paraguay. The CRA will rescind the Animal and Plant Health …

USCA Supports Animal ID System that Works for All Producers

(JANUARY 24, 2024) – The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) reiterates its call to strengthen and establish a national animal identification system that works for, and is accountable to, all producers.  There should be no private control of data, or access to the data, without the prior approval of who the owner of the cattle was at the time of application …

U.S. Cattle Producers: Halt Imports of Beef from Paraguay

(DECEMBER 4, 2023) – – Today, Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced legislation to immediately halt the Paraguayan beef imports and establish a working group to evaluate the threat to food safety and animal health posed by beef imported from Paraguay.  U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) president Justin Tupper issued the following statement on the legislation: “The U.S. cattle …

Cattle Producers Commend Biden Administration for Competition Initiative

(NOVEMBER 9, 2023) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a package of rules and orders that seek to increase competition in the livestock industry. The package establishes a Chief Competition Officer at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). This position – which will be hired as a career, rather than a political, appointee – will help to elevate and …

USCA Attends White House Roundtable on Competition

(JULY 14, 2023) – On Thursday, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) participated in a meeting hosted by the White House and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss legislative competition priorities. USCA Executive Vice President Lia Biondo, who attended the convening, issued the following statement:  “Today’s discussion marks continued progress on the Biden-Harris Action Plan for a fairer, more competitive producer marketplace. Since …

Missouri Members Organize Producer Meet-Up 

(JUNE 29, 2023) – On June 26, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Justin Tupper joined Missouri members David Mooney and Chris Black in discussing the current state of the U.S. cattle industry with Congressman Mark Alford (R-MO). Mooney and Black organized the meeting specifically to demonstrate the need for the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act, which would establish a minimum percent of …

Montana’s Leo McDonnell to Testify at Senate Hearing on Brazil

(JUNE 20, 2023) – On Thursday, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Director Emeritus Leo McDonell will testify on behalf of U.S. cattle producers at a Senate Finance Committee hearing examining cattle supply chains and deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. International trade is an outsized factor in the domestic cattle market. McDonnell, of Columbus, Montana, will urge legislators to investigate how production …