FSIS Rescinds Mask Mandate for Processing Facilities

(March 1, 2023) – On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) issued Notice 09-22, which rescinds previous guidance requiring employees at federally inspected meat processing facilities to wear masks while working in the establishment.  In November, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent a letter to FSIS requesting updated guidance from FSIS that allowed for COVID-19 …

USDA, DOJ Launch Hotline to Report Anticompetitive Practices

(FEBRUARY 4, 2022) – On Thursday, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Justice (DOJ) launched an online portal to give farmers and ranchers a place to anonymously report unfair and anticompetitive practices in the livestock and poultry sectors. This follows the release of the White House’s Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain, which …

MEMBER ALERT: USCA Bylaws Revision Task Force

(JANUARY 11, 2022) – At the 2021 USCA Annual Meeting, USCA leadership established a Bylaws Revision Task Force. USCA’s bylaws are the operating manual which provide the governing rules by which the group operates. The current version of USCA’s bylaws are the original version – they have not yet been amended since the organization’s inception. And since that time, we’ve grown …

2021 USCA Annual Meeting: Attendee Survey

(JANUARY 11, 2022) – Did you attend the 2021 Annual Meeting this past December 10-11, 2021 in Spearfish, South Dakota? Help us continuously improve our annual meeting by completing the post-event survey below.

LISTEN: Radio Interview with Independent Beef Processors Committee Chairman Patrick Robinette

(JANUARY 7, 2022) – This week, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Independent Beef Processors Committee Chairman Patrick Robinette visited with KINA Radio 910 AM Coffee Talk Hosts Jerry Hinrikus and Randy Picking to discuss the White House’s Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain. Hit the triangle “play” button on the audio bar below …

White House Launches Action Plan to Restore Competition in the U.S. Cattle Industry

(JANUARY 3, 2022) – On Monday, the Biden-Harris Administration published its Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain. The four core strategies that make up the Action Plan seek to strengthen the bottom line of independent producers and processors, while also providing more choices and affordable prices for U.S. consumers. The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) participated in …

Our 2021 Year in Review

(DECEMBER 30, 2021) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) was founded on the principle that a grassroots effort by independent cattle producers can work positively and effectively with Congress and the Administration to reform U.S. agriculture policy and ensure a fair, competitive marketplace. However, increasing consolidation and foreign ownership in the meatpacking sector has eroded the foundation of the …

USCA Members Donate Beef to Feed Communities Impacted by Tornadoes

(December 23, 2021) – Thanks to an effort led by the United States Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) Independent Beef Processing Committee, over 800 pounds of U.S. beef is on its way to feed to communities in western Kentucky affected by recent tornado events. At least 74 people — including 12 children — perished, and more than 100 people are still missing after …

USCA Adds to Growing Call for the Halt of Brazilian Beef Imports

(NOVEMBER 17, 2021) – On Wednesday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) joined with recent calls from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and RCALF-USA to immediately suspend imports of beef from Brazil. In its letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USCA writes: “Recent reports of human remains containing Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow Disease, follow closely on the …

USCA Announces New Partnership with Give’r

(NOVEMBER 10 2021) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is excited to announce a new partnership with the company, Give’r. USCA members will receive 10% off every purchase with the exclusive membership code “USCA”. Give’r is an outdoor apparel company proudly based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Best known for their lined leather gloves and mittens, Give’r tests every product …

Agreement Reached on Cattle Market Reform Legislation

(NOVEMBER 9, 2021) – On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act.  Specifically, this legislation accomplishes the following: Requires the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the USDA Chief Economist, to establish mandatory levels of negotiated cash and negotiated grid trade for each USDA AMS …