Buy & Sell Local Beef with USCA’s New Online Directory

(AUGUST 16, 2022) – The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is proud to present the Independent Beef Producer and Processor’s online directory.  USCA is committed to supporting and advancing the interests of U.S. cattle producers, which also includes independent processors. This network is intended to be a resource for those who are seeking new connections within the industry, including:  Producers looking for regional processors with …

USCA Applauds Bipartisan Effort to Enhance National Food Security

(JUNE 16, 2022) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7606, the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, on a 221-204 vote. Seven Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues to support the package of bills, including Reps. Dusty Johnson (SD-At Large), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02), Ashley Hinson (IA-01), Don Bacon (NE-02), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Randy Feenstra (IA-04), and Vicky Hartzler (MO-04). …

Bill Would Remove Regulatory Barrier to Financing of Processing Facilities

(APRIL 8, 2022) – On Thursday, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) introduced the Amplifying Processing of Livestock in the United States Act, or the A-PLUS Act. The bill would allow livestock auction markets to hold an ownership interest in, finance, or participate in the management or operation of a packing facility that has a slaughter capacity of less …

FSIS Rescinds Mask Mandate for Processing Facilities

(March 1, 2023) – On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) issued Notice 09-22, which rescinds previous guidance requiring employees at federally inspected meat processing facilities to wear masks while working in the establishment.  In November, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent a letter to FSIS requesting updated guidance from FSIS that allowed for COVID-19 …

LISTEN: Radio Interview with Independent Beef Processors Committee Chairman Patrick Robinette

(JANUARY 7, 2022) – This week, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Independent Beef Processors Committee Chairman Patrick Robinette visited with KINA Radio 910 AM Coffee Talk Hosts Jerry Hinrikus and Randy Picking to discuss the White House’s Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain. Hit the triangle “play” button on the audio bar below …

White House Launches Action Plan to Restore Competition in the U.S. Cattle Industry

(JANUARY 3, 2022) – On Monday, the Biden-Harris Administration published its Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain. The four core strategies that make up the Action Plan seek to strengthen the bottom line of independent producers and processors, while also providing more choices and affordable prices for U.S. consumers. The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) participated in …

So You Want to Start a Meat Plant? A Short Primer on What You Need to Know

(SEPTEMBER 23, 2021) – Through the Local Food Systems Response to COVID project, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) partnered with the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) to develop a new resource outlining considerations for starting a new meat plant. A resilient food system requires a diverse group of meat processors when it comes to scale, services provided, and location. …

USCA Address Mask Mandates for Independent Processing Facilities

(SEPTEMBER 15, 2021) – Last Friday, members of the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Independent Beef Processing Committee met with leadership at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to discuss the agency’s updated guidance on mask use in “small” and “very small” plants, or those facilities with up to 499 employees.  The same regulations imposed on large processing facilities are not feasible for small and …

USCA: Build a resilient, robust, and domestic-driven food supply chain.

(AUGUST 31, 2021) – On Monday, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments in response to a Request for Information from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) related to Investments and Opportunities for Meat and Poultry Processing Infrastructure. In the comments, compiled by the Independent Beef Processors Committee, USCA makes several recommendations for how USDA can best utilize up to $500 million in investments …

USCA Statement on Meatpacking Lobby’s Report on “Beef Market Myths” 

(MAY 28, 2021) – Regarding the report being circulated on Capitol Hill by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) titled “Common Beef Market Myths and Facts“, United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Brooke Miller issued the following statement: “USCA appreciates the commitment of U.S. livestock groups to expanding the capacity of our nation’s meat processing facilities. It would be helpful …

USCA Responds to USDA Request for Feedback on Coronavirus Response Programs

(APRIL 2, 2021) – In response to a request for feedback by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on the development of coronavirus response programs, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted specific recommendations the Department could implement in a food purchase and distribution program to truly benefit American livestock producers and processors. Current beef and …