Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework Delivers Win for Livestock Haulers

(NOVEMBER 8, 2021) – On Friday, the House voted 228-206 to send the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to the President’s desk. The bill makes a historic investment to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, and strengthen supply chains by making long overdue improvements for our nation’s ports, airports, rail, and roads.  Most notably, …

Sign-on Letter in Support of Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling

(NOVEMBER 5, 2021) – A letter seeking signatures from a wide-range of organizations supporting the recently introduced the American Beef Labeling Act of 2021 (S.2716) is now being circulated among organizations representing farm, ranch, rural, faith, environmental, farm/food worker, manufacturing, and cattle/farm industry support businesses. USCA is among the participating groups circulating the letter in an effort to secure swift …

USCA and 50 Other Groups Submit Comments to Dept. of Transportation

(OCTOBER 29, 2021) – USCA joined more than 50 agriculture groups in submitting comments to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg addressing the many disruptive factors facing the U.S. supply chain. The comments included recommendations on how to alleviate these challenges through legislative and regulatory actions. In the document, the groups wrote, “It is critical that we can safely transport our live animals and insects …

Member Alert: White House Releases Text of Build Back Better Act

(OCTOBER 29, 2021) – On Thursday, the White House and Congressional negotiators released the long-awaited Build Back Better Act. The cost of the package has been whittled down from its original $3.5 trillion price tag to $1.75 trillion over a decade. Despite the drop in cost, it is opposed by Republicans, so Democrats are trying to enact the plan through a budgetary process …

USCA Hosts Horn Wrap Call to Discuss Cattle Contract Library

(OCTOBER 29, 2021) – Earlier this year, on May 10, 2021, member leaders of American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Farmers Union, R-CALF USA, and the United States Cattlemen’s Association met in Phoenix, Arizona. These groups convened at the request of the Livestock Marketing Association to discuss challenges involved in the marketing of finished cattle with the …

Registration Now Open for the 2021 USCA Annual Meeting!

(OCTOBER 22, 2021) – Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the upcoming 2021 United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Annual Meeting this December 10th and 11th. We’re looking forward to being back in-person this year in Spearfish, South Dakota. All members are welcome to attend – committee members are especially encouraged to join us. We will also offer a virtual option for those …

Legislation Introduced to Establish a Cattle Contract Library

(OCTOBER 20, 2021) – On Wednesday, Ranking Member of the Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Dusty Johnson (R-S.D) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) introduced the bipartisan Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 (H.R. 5609), which would create a library for cattle contracts within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agriculture Marketing Service Department. The bill instructs USDA to regularly update the library in …

USCA Member Brad Brunner Wins Nutra-Lix, Inc. Saddle

(BILLINGS) – Each year, new and renewing members of the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) are entered into a drawing for a custom-made saddle. For the past several years, Nutra-Lix has generously donated the saddle as a USCA membership drive. Due to the virtual capacity of our meetings this year, USCA Senior Policy Advisor Jess Peterson met with Nutra-Lix Vice President …

Join the Conversation with Oklahoma Farmers Union President Scott Blubaugh

On Thursday, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review the state of the livestock hearing. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senator Chuck Grassley testified on their own before a panel of industry witnesses took the stand.  One of those witnesses included Mr. Scott Blubaugh of Tonkawa, Oklahoma and President of the Oklahoma Farmers Union. Please join us for our monthly Horn Wrap call on …

Livestock Mandatory Reporting Authorization Extended to Dec. 3

(SEPTEMBER 30, 2021) – With only hours to spare, Congress on Thursday passed legislation to avoid a government shutdown. The continuing resolution, which funds the government through December 3, passed the Senate 65-35 and cleared the House on a 254-175 vote. The measure temporarily extends authority for the Livestock Mandatory Reporting program through December 3. Additionally, it provides $10 billion in producer assistance for 2020 …

Senate Ag to Consider Bill to Extend Authorization for Livestock Mandatory Reporting

(SEPTEMBER 29, 2021) – The Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) program expires this Thursday, September 30. On Monday night, the Senate failed to move forward a continuing resolution (CR) that would have kept the government funded until December 3. Included in that CR was also an extension for the LMR program. So, where does that leave us now? Ideally, Congress finds a …