USCA Statement on USDA APHIS Brucella Research Draft Policy Statement

(OCTOBER 14, 2020) – On Wednesday, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a draft policy statement through the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) on research with Brucella species in outdoor settings. United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Animal Health and Identification Committee Chairman Dwight Keller issued the following statement: “For years, USCA …

USCA Hosts Conversation on New & Evolving Livestock Production Practices

Please join us next Tuesday, October 13 for a Horn Wrap call with Kevin Hueser, Vice President of Beef Margin Management with Tyson Foods. Recently, Tyson Foods unveiled “BeefCARE”, a third-party sustainability verification program for cattle ranchers. More information on the program can be found HERE. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association is interested in learning more about how Tyson Foods sees this program playing …

USCA Comments on Transition to RFID Tags

(October 5, 2020) – On Monday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposal to transition to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) as the official eartag for use in interstate movement of cattle that are required to be identified by the traceability regulations. In the public comment submission, USCA President Dr. Brooke Miller stated, “With …

LAST CHANCE: Comment on Transition to RFID Tags

(OCTOBER 2, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on a proposal to transition to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) as the official eartag for use in interstate movement of cattle that are required to be identified by the traceability regulations. Comments are due by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, …

USCA Comments on PRICE Act

(OCTOBER 2, 2020) – On Thursday, Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and others introduced the Price Reform in Cattle Economics Act or PRICE Act. Cosponsors include Representatives Darren Soto (D-FL), Mike Conaway (R-TX), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Frank Lucas (R-OK), Roger Marshall (R-KS), David Rouzer (R-NC), Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Mike Hagedorn (R-MN), Tom Emmer (R-MN) and Jason Smith …

USCA to Host Senators Jon Tester & Mike Rounds for #FactsOnlyFriday 

(SEPTEMBER 23, 2020) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is pleased to host U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) for a live, virtual discussion on the state of the U.S. cattle market and the role of Congress in bringing forth solutions. The conversation will take place on USCA’s Facebook page and YouTube channel this Friday, September 25 at …

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer Introduces Cattle Market Transparency Bill

(SEPTEMBER 22, 2020) – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Deb Fisher (R-NE) introduced the Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2020, which focuses on two main elements: ensuring regionally sufficient negotiated cash trade, and equipping producers with more information. United States Cattlemen’s Association Board Member Lee Reichmuth issued the following statement on the bill: “As a Nebraska cattle producer, I echo the same …

USDA Bumps Subsidy; Announces Additional Changes To Livestock Risk Protection

(SEPTEMBER 21, 2020) – Ranchers and livestock owners across the nation will be pleased to hear about lower premiums and additional flexibility becoming a part of the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) Insurance Program. The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation’s Board of Directors recently approved changes to LRP cattle and swine policies which were announced September 14, 2020 by the Risk Management …

Details of CFAP2 Released

(SEPTEMBER 18, 2020) – On Friday, President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21st and run through December 11, 2020. CFAP …

Comment on FTC’s “Made in the U.S.A.” Proposed Rule

(SEPTEMBER 9) – Earlier this summer, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that to address products making unqualified “Made in the U.S.A.” claims. The proposed rule prohibits marketers from including “Made in the U.S.A.” claims on labels unless: Final assembly or processing of the product occurs in the United States, all significant processing that goes into …

USCA Sends Letter Over Concerns with Mexican Beef

(SEPTEMBER 8) – On Tuesday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent a letter to leaders at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) over concerns associated with contaminated Mexican cattle, lamb, poultry, and swine. According to Food Safety News, a total of 54 people from six municipalities have fallen ill …

We’re baaaack! Join USCA for #FactsOnlyFriday.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking comments for its proposed rule regarding “Made in the USA” claims on product labels. The FTC’s proposed rule is not attempting to change the current regulations surrounding “Product of the USA” claims, unless such claims are inconsistent with the language of the proposed rule. The proposed rule suggests that, “it is an unfair or deceptive act …