Temporary Hours of Service Exemption for Livestock Haulers

(March 18, 2020) — Due to the COVID-19 emergency relief effort, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has exempted livestock haulers from compliance with federal Hours of Service rules that limit drive time until at least April 12. Drivers wishing to haul under this exemption are suggested to print out and keep in their cab a copy of the Expanded …

Saddle Tradition Continues

USCA Member Roddy Rost and Nutra-Lix, Inc. Salesman J.D. Steen (BILLINGS) – Nutra-Lix, Inc. and the United States’ Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) continued their annual tradition of awarding a custom-made saddle to a lucky USCA member this year at the Montana Agri-Trade Exposition in Billings, Mont. The annual drawing has served to encourage membership and participation in USCA. The Montana Agri-Trade Exposition is …

USDA MRP and FSIS Issue Joint Statement on COVID-19

Please see below for a joint statement issued by USDA Under Secretaries Mindy Brashears and Greg Ibach on how the USDA plans to handle challenges associated with COVID-19.  The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association will continue to monitor this ongoing issue and provide timely updates like this one.  ATTENTION: CATTLE PRODUCERS  In the instance Congress passes a livestock indemnity program that the U.S. Department …

USCA Urges Immediate Action to Address Drop in Cattle Market due to COVID-19

(WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take immediate steps to address the impact the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the U.S. cattle market. Click here for the letter.  USCA President Dr. Brooke Miller, M.D. issued the following statement: “The actions that federal, state, and local government – along with private entities …

USCA Comments on Proposed Packers & Stockyards Act Regulations

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the proposed establishment of a new regulation under the Packers and Stockyards Act, which protects fair trade, financial integrity, and competitive marketing for livestock, meat, and poultry. USCA does not believe the proposed regulation goes far enough in addressing producer concerns related …

USCA Comments on Proposed Revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regarding proposed revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The comments were drafted in coordination with other public lands stakeholders and USCA’s Public Lands & Environment Committee.  USCA supports the provisions outlined within the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, including: Limiting the number of …

USCA Comments on Revisions to BLM Grazing Regulations

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on needed revisions to federal grazing regulations. The comments were drafted in coordination with other public lands stakeholders and USCA’s Public Lands & Environment Committee.  Specifically, USCA asks BLM to consider:  Restoring  pre-1995 definitions including a priority position for renewal of a grazing permit. Amending the …

USCA Responds to Trump Administration Reopening U.S. Borders to Brazilian Beef

(WASHINGTON) – In response to a recent announcement lifting the ban on the importation of Brazilian beef, United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Brooke Miller issued the following statement, “USCA is stunned by the recent decision to risk the health of our domestic cattle herd and jeopardize the safety of consumers by allowing the importation of fresh beef from Brazil. We sounded …

USCA Raises $15,000 at Rollover Auction Held at Faith Livestock

A previous version of this email included a non-functioning hyperlink. That has been corrected in the below release. We apologize for the inconvenience. USCA Director Emritus Leo McDonnell, his wife Sam, and USCA supporter Eddie Miller. (FAITH, SD) – On Monday, Faith Livestock in Faith, South Dakota proudly hosted the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) for a rollover auction fundraiser. Prior …

Member Alert: Horn Wrap Call

In December, USCA attended a meeting in Kansas City, MO hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service to review the findings and recommendations from a recent feasibility assessment. >>> The Fence Post covered the meeting at-length – read it HERE. <<< The Marketing Committee has spent most of 2019 identifying needed reforms to the Mandatory Price Reporting program in anticipation of the program’s 2020 reauthorization. We’ll …