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). …

Capitol Hill Turns Focus to Cattle Legislation

(JUNE 16, 2022) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) executive leadership traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to advocate for the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act and the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act. With both bills pending review and approval by Congress, the timing of the “fly-in” could not have been better. USCA President Brooke Miller and …

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 …