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A Steak in Ag

 


R-CALF USA may be defined as a non-profit producer organization, but our work benefits anyone who eats meat and lives in an economy that includes agriculture. We’re more than a producer organization, we’re your organization!

Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL): The fight’s not over.

The decision we wrote about last month by the D.C. Court of Appeals has been vacated. Now, an En Banc hearing – a hearing with all 11 judges seated at the D.C. appellate court instead of the 3 at the initial hearing – has been scheduled for mid-May. This hearing will decide what standard must be used to determine if country-of-origin labeling violates the meatpackers’ free speech.

CEO Bill Bullard featured speaker at TPP event.

On April 17, R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard spoke during a Transpacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement forum in Washington, D.C. This event was hosted by The American Bar Association.

We Urged Secretary Jewell to Cease Armed Confrontation with Nevada Rancher.

In a recent letter, we urged U.S. Department of the Interior, Sally Jewell, to cease her ongoing efforts to confiscate cattle owned by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his family.

We made no judgment regarding the non-payment of grazing fees by the Bundys, but we did express our concern for the aggressive actions of the Department of the Interior.

We submitted comments in opposition to USDA’s plan to import fresh beef from FMD-affected Brazil.

We criticized the plan by the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to relax United States’ border protections to allow the importation of fresh beef from 14 Brazilian states, even though Brazil is not a country free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

We also included numerous arguments to refute APHIS’ claim that the risk of introducing FMD would be adequately mitigated under the proposed rule.

Additionally, we submitted comments urging the U.S. Air Force should utilize less populated areas for training.

In these comments we urged the Federal Aviation Administration to seek other options rather than to expand the Powder River Training Complex in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

We also argue that the U.S. Air Force should utilize less populated areas for military flight training rather than the proposed location that will affect about 11,000 ranching operations that generate approximately $886 million in annual revenues.

All letters, comments and presentations mentioned above are available at http://www.r-calfusa.com.

The Meat Racket is still for sale through R-CALF USA. We’re able to offer it at the discounted price of $25 (retail $28). To order: Send $25 to R-CALF USA Box 30715, Billings, MT 59107 with The Meat Racket in the memo line or call 406-252-2516 and order with a credit card.

R-CALF USA is solely funded by donations and member dues. Please consider becoming a member. For more info or to join, go to http://www.r-calfusa.com, 406-252-2516.

 

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