USCA Comments on Latest Change to Packers & Stockyards Act

(DECEMBER 10) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a final rule to ensure fair trade and competitive marketing of livestock and poultry. The rule clarifies the types of conduct prohibited by the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act and sets forth several criteria the Secretary of Agriculture will consider when determining whether conduct by packers, swine …

USCA Member Selected to Serve on CFTC Subcommittee

(DECEMBER 7, 2020) – Last week, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Heath P. Tarbert announced the members of the Agricultural Advisory Committee’s (AAC) new Agricultural Futures Contracts with Open Interest Subcommittee (Ag-OI Subcommittee). United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Marketing and Competition Committee Member Brett Crosby of Cowley, Wyoming was among the 22-members selected. The subcommittee was established to provide …

USCA Congratulates Incoming House Agriculture Committee Leadership

(DECEMBER 3, 2020) – This week, the Democratic and Republican House Caucuses voted on their committee leadership for the 117th Congress. In the House Agriculture Committee chair contest, Representative David Scott of Georgia secured the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee’s nomination with almost twice as many votes as his opponent, Rep. Jim Costa of California. Rep. Scott went on to …

Learn more about Weaned Calf Revenue Protection Insurance

AgriLogic Consulting, LLC and Windmark Insurance are developing an insurance program for consideration by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors and the USDA Risk Management Agency referred to as Weaned Calf Revenue Protection (WCRP) to provide beef cow-calf producers with the means to insure revenue from their calving operation. Join us for the December USCA Horn Wrap call …

SAVE THE DATE: 2020 USCA Annual Meeting

(NOVEMBER 20, 2020) – Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the upcoming 2020 United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Annual Meeting this January 15, 2021. This meeting will take place virtually, beginning at 7:30 AM MST for the executive Board of Directors session and then at 8:00 AM MST for the general membership meeting. >>> Register for the …

FMCSA Issues Interim Final Rule Paving the Way for Inconsistent Roadside Enforcement

(NOVEMBER 19) – On Thursday, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an interim final rule (IFR) clarifying agricultural commodity and livestock definitions in hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. Unfortunately, the revised definition of what constitutes a “non-processed” food product paves the way for inconsistent roadside enforcement for transporters of beef and meat products. The Agency defines …

USCA Supports a Beef Checkoff Program Accountable to the Producers it Intends to Serve

(NOVEMBER 9, 2020) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) supports a Beef Checkoff program that is accountable to the people it intends to serve. We support the producer’s right to vote in a national referendum, as stated in our policy book. The petition currently before us offers the option of an up or down vote on the termination of the Beef Promotion and Research Order, specifically …

Join U.S. Cattlemen’s Association for an Election 2020 Recap

No matter what happens on or after November 3, USCA will be ready to continue on with our strategic policy goals and objectives on Capitol Hill. We’ll discuss what the  2020 elections mean for cattle country on next week’s Horn Wrap call. USCA’s Senior Policy Advisor Jess Peterson and Director of Policy & Outreach Lia Biondo will walk through not just the outcome …

Join us for #FactsOnlyFriday with the Pacific Legal Foundation 

(November 3, 2020) – This Friday, November 6 at 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time, join USCA’s Lia Biondo and Region I Director Curtis Martin, and Senior Attorney Tony Francois of the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) for a discussion on regulatory issues facing the industry, with a specific focus on ESA and WOTUS. We’ll broadcast live on USCA’s Facebook and YouTube …

Storm Clouds on the Horizon for Pasture, Rangeland & Forage Insurance Program

(OCTOBER 30) – There are storm clouds on the horizon for livestock producers who utilize USDA’s Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) Pasture, Rangeland and Forage insurance program (PRF), and USCA is asking its members to submit comments on proposed changes ahead of the December 21 deadline. RMA began offering PRF in 2007. Since that time, the program has expanded nationwide and …

National Cattle Organizations to Share a Stage in Florida This Week

(OCTOBER 28, 2020) – Join representatives from the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) and other national cattle organizations for two producer meetings held in Florida this week. USCA’s Chuck Kiker from Beaumont, Texas will speak on behalf of the organization, and will provide an update on what has been an incredibly busy year for our group. From securing billions of …

USCA Statement on USDA APHIS Brucella Research Draft Policy Statement

(OCTOBER 14, 2020) – On Wednesday, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a draft policy statement through the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) on research with Brucella species in outdoor settings. United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Animal Health and Identification Committee Chairman Dwight Keller issued the following statement: “For years, USCA …