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 …

U.S. Cattle Producers to Discuss Beef Checkoff Program, Public Lands Rule in Reno

(JUNE 13, 2023) – The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) will meet in Reno, Nevada this July 10-11, 2023 at the Silver Legacy Casino Resort for its inaugural Summer Business Meeting.  The USCA Board of Directors, Committee leaders, and other active association members will discuss organizational business and trending issues facing the U.S. cattle industry. Topics to be addressed include the Beef …

U.S. Cattle Producers Oppose Opening Borders to Paraguayan Beef

(MAY 30, 2023) – The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) wrote in strong opposition to a proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) to allow the importation of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from Paraguay.  In its comments, USCA cited several reasons why it opposes the proposed rule, including the need to protect the health of …

Atypical BSE Case Detected in South Carolina

(MAY 19, 2023) – On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) announced that an aytpical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, has been found in a bovine animal that arrived at a slaughterhouse in South Carolina.  The approximately five-year-old or older beef cow tested positive following routine surveillance protocols and the carcass was condemned …