U.S. Cattle Producers Rally Around the Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2021

(MARCH 2, 2021) – Today, U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2021. The legislation seeks to accomplish two main goals: ensuring regionally sufficient negotiated cash trade, and equipping producers with more information to aid marketing decisions. Other cosponsors of the bill include Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and Mike Braun (R-IN). United …

Legislation Introduced to Expand & Strengthen Local Meat Processing Capabilities

(MARCH 1, 2021) – On Tuesday, February 23, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), joined by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to support small meat and poultry processors. The Strengthening Local Processing Act will increase options for local livestock and poultry producers and assist smaller facilities as they adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic …

USCA Congratulates Incoming Secretary Tom Vilsack

(FEBRUARY 25, 2021) – On Tuesday, February 23, the Senate confirmed the 32nd U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Tom Vilsack. United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Brooke Miller issued the following statement: “USCA congratulates Secretary Vilsack on his confirmation to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His unique experience of having previously served in this position means that he will …

USCA Commends USDA On Establishment of Dealer Statutory Trust

(FEBRUARY 22, 2021) – On Wednesday, February 17, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the establishment of a new Dealer Statutory Trust to Protect Livestock Sellers. United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Vice President and Marketing & Competition Committee Chair Justin Tupper issued the following statement: “USCA has worked hand-in-hand with the Livestock Marketing Association to help establish a Dealer …

USCA Calls for the Halt of Namibian Beef Imports

(FEBRUARY 19) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) calls for the immediate halt of beef imports from Namibia following reports of recent outbreaks of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) in the country. Namibia’s livestock industry is divided into two zones by the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF). The VCF, built in the mid-1960s, stands more than 550 miles long, and is passable …

USCA Sends Letter to Biden Administration on Buy American Mandate

(FEBRUARY 11, 2021) – On Thursday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent a letter to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council regarding the enforcement of President Joe Biden’s Buy American mandate, signed on January 25, 2021. With the existence of the current loophole that allows for imported beef to claim the “Product of the U.S.A.” label, it is virtually impossible …

Producers! Earn more from your land.

Join the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association for a #FactsOnlyFriday livestream this Friday, February 19 at 6:00 PM MST to learn more about how you can earn extra income through what some are calling the “AirBnB” for the sportsmen community. Rent out the land you are already managing through sound ranching and grazing principles!   LandTrust CEO Nic De Castro will continue the conversation we …

Join USCA for a Washington, DC Update

(FEBRUARY 8, 2021) Please join us TOMORROW, Tuesday, February 9 for our regularly scheduled Horn Wrap call. Join USCA’s Senior Policy Advisor Jess Peterson and Director of Policy & Outreach Lia Biondo for an update on the latest happenings in Washington, DC and how the current political landscape, including new leadership at the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, will affect …

USCA Hosts Virtual Annual Meeting

(FEBRUARY 5, 2021) – On Friday, January 15, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) hosted its annual meeting of members via a virtual conference. Producers from across the U.S. met to discuss policy resolutions, nominate regional Board of Directors candidates, and hear updates on USCA’s actions and work over the past year. USCA’s member-driven policy and structure depends on the …

Implementation of LRP Improvements Announced

(WASHINGTON) – On January 19, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that further changes to its Livestock Risk Protection insurance plan will take effect on January 20 for crop year 2021 and succeeding crop years (view release HERE). The policy language and procedures surrounding these changes include the creation of new livestock types to allow for unborn livestock to be insured …

ONE WEEK AWAY: 2020 USCA Annual Meeting 

(JANUARY 7, 2021) – 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 Board of Directors session and then at 8:00 AM MST for the general membership meeting. The annual meeting brings our nationwide membership together …