USCA Comments on Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Scientific Report

(SEPTEMBER 1) – United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Director of Policy & Outreach Lia Biondo testified in front of both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services on August 11, 2020 on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) Scientific Report. The report will be used by USDA and HHS to build out the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025, which is expected …

Secretary Perdue Says Second Round of CFAP On Its Way

(AUGUST 27) – On Wednesday, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue told reporters that another round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) could be announced “shortly after Labor Day.” The Secretary noted that the U.S. Department of Agriculture was looking at offering “CFAP 2” with the additional $14 billion in funds Congress allocated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic …

U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Responds to Open Letter from Certified Angus Beef

(August 26) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) responded to a letter from the leadership of Certified Angus Beef (CAB) addressed to “Fellow Beef Industry Stakeholders” and regarding “Questions from The Brand About The 50-14 Legislation“. The open letter specifically asked three questions regarding the 50-14 or “spot” market legislation, including: How will negotiated grids be handled under the …

USCA Joins Letter to Secretary Perdue on U.S. Beef

(AUGUST 24) – On Monday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) joined eleven other national, regional, and state groups in a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that U.S. meat and meat processors be prioritized within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The program supplies food boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, …

Senators Bring #FairCattleMarkets to Capitol Hill 

(AUGUST 7) – On Tuesday, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Jon Tester (D-MT) championed the cause of #FairCattleMarkets for U.S. cattle producers. Specifically, the pair urged support for their “50-14” or spot market bill (S. 3693 | HR 7501). Watch Senator Grassley’s speech. | Watch Senator Tester’s speech. Earlier in the week, Senator Grassley told …

USDA Announces Changes to Livestock Gross Margin Insurance Program

(JULY 24) – USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced changes to the Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) insurance program for cattle and swine beginning in the 2021 crop year. Changes include adding premium subsidies to assist producers and moving premium due dates to the end of the endorsement period for cattle. Prior to this change, LGM-Cattle and Swine did not have …

USDA Releases Report on Historic Market Disruptions

(JULY 22) – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its highly anticipated report covering two market distorting events in the past year in the U.S. cattle industry – the fire at a Tyson Foods’ processing facility in Holcomb, Kansas in August 2019 and the ongoing food supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19. United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President …

Apply for a Position on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board

(JULY 17) – The Beef Checkoff Program is currently recruiting 24 individuals to fill vacancies on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. Vacancies for producer and importer member positions are available in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, the Southwest Unit (California and Nevada). The deadline for nominations …

USCA Comments on Petition for Referendum on the Beef Promotion and Research Order 

(JULY 16) – As conversations surrounding the Beef Checkoff Program continue, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) would like to clarify our formal position. USCA’s policy explicitly states support for a periodic referendum. Our Checkoff Committee will soon review the recently introduced petition for a referendum on the Beef Promotion and Research Order and, as aligns with our stated policy, will make …

USCA, NFU, and Others Request Hearing on Livestock Reporting Rule 

(JULY 1) – On Wednesday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA), National Farmers Union (NFU), and eleven other organizations sent a letter to the Senate Agriculture Committee requesting a hearing on livestock mandatory price reporting reauthorization. The Livestock Mandatory Reporting rule, established in 1999, mandates price reporting for cattle, boxed beef swine, and lamb. It is reauthorized every five years, with …

USCA Design Contest: Summer 2020

(June 25, 2020) – Calling all creatives! We are soliciting supporters to submit apparel designs for our summer line. Winners will receive THEIR design printed on the tee or tank of their choice (and credit/link to their page on the site).   We’ll pick winners in three categories:   – Designs featuring cattle phrases/imagery ???? – Beef-centric Designs ??? – …