Senators Introduce Resolution to Investigate Anticompetitive Practices in Beef Industry

(MAY 20, 2022) – On Thursday, Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a bipartisan resolution asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate beef companies for potential price fixing. The resolution invokes a 1914 act that authorizes the president or Congress to direct the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate alleged antitrust violations. The rule has not been used …

USCA Applauds Successful Committee Vote on Special Investigator Bill

(MAY 19, 2022) – On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 7606, the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022. The bill directs coordination between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It grants subpoena power to aid in the investigation and prosecution of violators of …

Join us for a #FACTSONLYFRIDAY Discussion

(APRIL 27, 2022) – Please join us for a #FactsOnly Friday discussion this Friday, April 29 at 7:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time with USCA Directors Brett Crosby of Wyoming and Lee Reichmuth of Nebraska. We’ll breakdown this week’s House and Senate Agriculture Committee hearings that focused on the U.S. cattle and beef industries. Have questions? Want to join the conversation? We welcome your thoughts …

Bill Would Remove Regulatory Barrier to Financing of Processing Facilities

(APRIL 8, 2022) – On Thursday, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) introduced the Amplifying Processing of Livestock in the United States Act, or the A-PLUS Act. The bill would allow livestock auction markets to hold an ownership interest in, finance, or participate in the management or operation of a packing facility that has a slaughter capacity of less …

Introducing Good Grazing Makes Cent$

(MARCH 31, 2022) – The Society for Range Management (SRM) has officially launched Good Grazing Makes Cent$ (GGMC) and United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is now an affiliated organization.  GGMC is a new, innovative program, designed to provide a forum for collaboration, community, and coordination between rangeland scientists and those who apply the science such as ranchers, farmers, and land …

Senators Release Updated Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act

(MARCH 28, 2022) – Today, Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a revised Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act. The updated bill comes after hours of deliberation with leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee and weeks of technical feedback from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) Marketing and Competition Committee …

USCA and South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Host Rollover Fundraiser Sale

(MARCH 4, 2023) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) and South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSGA) will host a rollover fundraiser sale at Faith Livestock in Faith, SD on Monday, March 7 at 12:00pm MT. The rollover sale will benefit the work of both organizations to advance policy that strengthens the U.S. cattle producer’s bottom line.  The rollover sale would not be possible …

FSIS Rescinds Mask Mandate for Processing Facilities

(March 1, 2023) – On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) issued Notice 09-22, which rescinds previous guidance requiring employees at federally inspected meat processing facilities to wear masks while working in the establishment.  In November, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent a letter to FSIS requesting updated guidance from FSIS that allowed for COVID-19 …

USDA, DOJ Launch Hotline to Report Anticompetitive Practices

(FEBRUARY 4, 2022) – On Thursday, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Justice (DOJ) launched an online portal to give farmers and ranchers a place to anonymously report unfair and anticompetitive practices in the livestock and poultry sectors. This follows the release of the White House’s Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain, which …

MEMBER ALERT: USCA Bylaws Revision Task Force

(JANUARY 11, 2022) – At the 2021 USCA Annual Meeting, USCA leadership established a Bylaws Revision Task Force. USCA’s bylaws are the operating manual which provide the governing rules by which the group operates. The current version of USCA’s bylaws are the original version – they have not yet been amended since the organization’s inception. And since that time, we’ve grown …

2021 USCA Annual Meeting: Attendee Survey

(JANUARY 11, 2022) – Did you attend the 2021 Annual Meeting this past December 10-11, 2021 in Spearfish, South Dakota? Help us continuously improve our annual meeting by completing the post-event survey below.