USDA Seeks Comments on the Labeling of Cell-Cultured Foods

(SEPTEMBER 2) – On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments and information regarding the labeling of meat and poultry products made using cultured cells derived from animals under FSIS jurisdiction. Comments will be due 90 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.  The …

USCA: Build a resilient, robust, and domestic-driven food supply chain.

(AUGUST 31, 2021) – On Monday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments in response to a Request for Information from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) related to Investments and Opportunities for Meat and Poultry Processing Infrastructure. In the comments, compiled by the Independent Beef Processors Committee, USCA makes several recommendations for how USDA can best utilize up to $500 million in investments …

USDA Issues New FAQ Document on Enforcement of Packers & Stockyards Act

(AUGUST 24, 2021) – On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document related to the enforcement of “undue and unreasonable preferences” under the Packers and Stockyards Act. The FAQ document explains how USDA will address the December 2020 final rule on undue preferences (read the final rule HERE). The announcement comes before two expected proposed rulemakings on …

Senators Call for Review of U.S. Acquisitions by Brazilian Meatpacker

(AUGUST 23, 2021) – Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, requesting a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on ALL U.S. acquisitions by Brazilian meatpacking giant, JBS, its holding company J & F Investments, and any entity controlled or owned by the Batista …

You’re Invited: Producer Meet & Greet

Producers! Come join USCA, Ag Risk Advisors, and LandTrust for a Producer Meet & Greet in Sheridan, Wyoming following the Big Horn Classic Superior Livestock sale on Tuesday, August 17 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MDT. We will be on the Oasis Patio of the Sheridan Holiday Inn (1809 Sugarland Dr, Sheridan, WY 82801) to hear from speakers like: Justin Tupper, Vice President, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association  Jess Peterson, Senior Policy Adviser, …

Canceled: August Horn Wrap Call

(AUGUST 9, 2021) – USCA will NOT host its monthly Horn Wrap call tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 10. We will be in Nashville, Tennessee this week to present our Fiscal Year 2022 Authorization Request (AR) to the Safety & Product Innovation Committee of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. The project is a joint effort with Kansas State University’s Dr. Jim Drouillard and …

USDA Will Begin Issuing New Market Reports following USCA Request for Greater Transparency

(AUGUST 5, 2021) – On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning Monday, August 9, 2021, it will issue two new Market News reports based on Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) data. The news follows a letter the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent to USDA on July 13, 2021 requesting the publication of additional data collected under the …

Member Alert: Livestock Hauling Provisions, Disaster Aid Funding, and more.

(AUGUST 4, 2021) – Two key bills moving through the U.S. Senate this week contain provisions that will work to strengthen the U.S. cattle producer’s bottom line. These ‘wins’ are the result of countless hours of volunteer work with Congress and other stakeholders by members of the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA).  First, included in the 2,072-page bipartisan infrastructure bill is a portion of …

Member Alert: Senate Judiciary Committee and House Ag Committee Hosts Hearings on State of the Beef Supply Chain

(JULY 27, 2021) – This week, both the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the House Agriculture Committee will host hearings examining the beef supply chain. In the Senate, the hearing, titled Beefing up Competition: Examining America’s Food Supply Chain, will be held Wednesday, July 28 at 2:30pm EDT. Witnesses will include: Mr. Jon Schaben, Owner of Dunlap Livestock Association and member of …

Cattlemen Applaud Biden Executive Order to Restore Competition in U.S. Economy

(JULY 9, 2021) – On Friday, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order to establish a government-wide effort to promote competition in the American economy. The Order includes 72 initiatives by more than a dozen federal agencies to tackle some of the most pressing competition problems across the U.S. economy. Of particular importance to U.S. cattle producers, the President’s Executive Order: …

USDA to Begin Top-Down Review of Current “Product of the U.S.A.” Labeling Rules

(JULY 2, 2021) – On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would be following the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) vote to strengthen its enforcement of the Made in the USA standard.   United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Brooke Miller issued the following statement: “USCA applauds the Biden Administration for tackling the misuse and mislabeling of products as ‘Made …

WATCH: USCA VP Testifies on behalf of Producers at Senate Hearing

(JUNE 23, 2021) – On Wednesday June 23, 2021, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing titled “Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer.” Justin Tupper, Vice President of the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) provided testimony on behalf of the organization. Other witnesses included Mr. Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch; …