Cattlemen Raise Concerns with White House Executive Order on Biotechnology

(SEPTEMBER 16, 2022) – On Monday, the White House announced an Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy. It outlines a “a whole-of-government approach to advance biotechnology and biomanufacturing towards innovative solutions in health, climate change, energy, food security, agriculture, supply chain resilience, and national and economic security.” On its face, …

Cattle Market Reform Cannot Wait

(SEPTEMBER 8, 2022) – A blog post published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on July 12, 2022, claimed that Congress is “rushing” to consider “aggressive legislation to regulate beef markets.” Boy, if only that were true.  In February 2020, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) hosted its annual Cattle Producer’s Forum at the Public Auction Yards in Billings, Montana. It was there …

U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Announces 15th Annual Meeting

(AUGUST 31, 2022) – The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) invites you to its 15th Annual Meeting and Cattle Producer’s Forum at the DoubleTree Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee this upcoming December 8-10, 2022. Registration and room reservations are now live at https://cattlemensmeeting.square.site/. On Friday, December 9, policy committees and members will review the past year’s successes and determine policy goals for …

Buy & Sell Local Beef with USCA’s New Online Directory

(AUGUST 16, 2022) – The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is proud to present the Independent Beef Producer and Processor’s online directory.  USCA is committed to supporting and advancing the interests of U.S. cattle producers, which also includes independent processors. This network is intended to be a resource for those who are seeking new connections within the industry, including:  Producers looking for regional processors with …

From the Desk of Region XI Director, Kevin Escobar

(AUGUST 15, 2022) – What does the future of the cattle industry look like? As a Florida cattle producer this is an issue at the forefront of my mind. It has been estimated that 1200 people a day are moving into our state. To accommodate this rapid urban population growth, a sea of concrete and asphalt has sprung up across …

Farm Service Agency Updates Livestock Indemnity Program Payments

An affiliate update from the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota (JULY 20, 2022) – Recently, I-BAND was instrumental in urging the Farm Service Agency (FSA), State and National offices, to re-evaluate the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) payment rate and normal mortality rate for beef cattle that are under 250 lbs. Prior to 2020, there was one weight class for non-adult …

USCA Commemorates Anniversary of Executive Order on Competition

(JULY 12, 2022) – Today, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) commemorates the one-year anniversary of President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy. The Order included over 70 initiatives to be undertaken by a dozen federal agencies to tackle some of the most pressing competition problems, including directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider issuing …

Consumers Fork Over More for Beef this Independence Day

By Jack Payne, Region II Director, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Consumers will pay 17 percent more – or about $10 – for their Fourth of July cookouts this year, according to a marketbasket survey completed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The largest year-to-year price increase is for the ground beef Americans will use to shape their hamburger patties. The survey …

USCA Applauds Bipartisan Effort to Enhance National Food Security

(JUNE 16, 2022) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7606, the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, on a 221-204 vote. Seven Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues to support the package of bills, including Reps. Dusty Johnson (SD-At Large), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02), Ashley Hinson (IA-01), Don Bacon (NE-02), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Randy Feenstra (IA-04), and Vicky Hartzler (MO-04). …