FMCSA Issues Interim Final Rule Paving the Way for Inconsistent Roadside Enforcement

(NOVEMBER 19) – On Thursday, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an interim final rule (IFR) clarifying agricultural commodity and livestock definitions in hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. Unfortunately, the revised definition of what constitutes a “non-processed” food product paves the way for inconsistent roadside enforcement for transporters of beef and meat products. The Agency defines …

USCA Supports a Beef Checkoff Program Accountable to the Producers it Intends to Serve

(NOVEMBER 9, 2020) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) supports a Beef Checkoff program that is accountable to the people it intends to serve. We support the producer’s right to vote in a national referendum, as stated in our policy book. The petition currently before us offers the option of an up or down vote on the termination of the Beef Promotion and Research Order, specifically …

Join U.S. Cattlemen’s Association for an Election 2020 Recap

No matter what happens on or after November 3, USCA will be ready to continue on with our strategic policy goals and objectives on Capitol Hill. We’ll discuss what the  2020 elections mean for cattle country on next week’s Horn Wrap call. USCA’s Senior Policy Advisor Jess Peterson and Director of Policy & Outreach Lia Biondo will walk through not just the outcome …

Join us for #FactsOnlyFriday with the Pacific Legal Foundation 

(November 3, 2020) – This Friday, November 6 at 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time, join USCA’s Lia Biondo and Region I Director Curtis Martin, and Senior Attorney Tony Francois of the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) for a discussion on regulatory issues facing the industry, with a specific focus on ESA and WOTUS. We’ll broadcast live on USCA’s Facebook and YouTube …

Storm Clouds on the Horizon for Pasture, Rangeland & Forage Insurance Program

(OCTOBER 30) – There are storm clouds on the horizon for livestock producers who utilize USDA’s Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) Pasture, Rangeland and Forage insurance program (PRF), and USCA is asking its members to submit comments on proposed changes ahead of the December 21 deadline. RMA began offering PRF in 2007. Since that time, the program has expanded nationwide and …

National Cattle Organizations to Share a Stage in Florida This Week

(OCTOBER 28, 2020) – Join representatives from the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) and other national cattle organizations for two producer meetings held in Florida this week. USCA’s Chuck Kiker from Beaumont, Texas will speak on behalf of the organization, and will provide an update on what has been an incredibly busy year for our group. From securing billions of …

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 …