Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer Introduces Cattle Market Transparency Bill

(SEPTEMBER 22, 2020) – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Deb Fisher (R-NE) introduced the Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2020, which focuses on two main elements: ensuring regionally sufficient negotiated cash trade, and equipping producers with more information. United States Cattlemen’s Association Board Member Lee Reichmuth issued the following statement on the bill: “As a Nebraska cattle producer, I echo the same …

USDA Bumps Subsidy; Announces Additional Changes To Livestock Risk Protection

(SEPTEMBER 21, 2020) – Ranchers and livestock owners across the nation will be pleased to hear about lower premiums and additional flexibility becoming a part of the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) Insurance Program. The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation’s Board of Directors recently approved changes to LRP cattle and swine policies which were announced September 14, 2020 by the Risk Management …

Details of CFAP2 Released

(SEPTEMBER 18, 2020) – On Friday, President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21st and run through December 11, 2020. CFAP …

Comment on FTC’s “Made in the U.S.A.” Proposed Rule

(SEPTEMBER 9) – Earlier this summer, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that to address products making unqualified “Made in the U.S.A.” claims. The proposed rule prohibits marketers from including “Made in the U.S.A.” claims on labels unless: Final assembly or processing of the product occurs in the United States, all significant processing that goes into …

USCA Sends Letter Over Concerns with Mexican Beef

(SEPTEMBER 8) – On Tuesday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent a letter to leaders at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) over concerns associated with contaminated Mexican cattle, lamb, poultry, and swine. According to Food Safety News, a total of 54 people from six municipalities have fallen ill …

We’re baaaack! Join USCA for #FactsOnlyFriday.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking comments for its proposed rule regarding “Made in the USA” claims on product labels. The FTC’s proposed rule is not attempting to change the current regulations surrounding “Product of the USA” claims, unless such claims are inconsistent with the language of the proposed rule. The proposed rule suggests that, “it is an unfair or deceptive act …

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 …