(WASHINGTON) –Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that the effective date of the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Rule would be delayed until October, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement from USCA Marketing Committee Chairman Allan Sents:

 
“Once again, efforts to advance competition and transparency in the cattle market have been stalled.  Clarifications within the Packers and Stockyards Act that would define true price discovery and combat anti-competitive buying practices are being left on the table.  The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration must be equipped with the tools necessary to provide adequate oversight of our industry and the Farmer Fair Practices Rules are a starting point to work that is still needed.  USCA will continue to work with the Administration and Congress to ensure these needed clarifications are moved forward.”

Billings, Mont. - R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement following the two Federal Register notices published today that 1) extended for six months (to October 19, 2017) the effective date of the interim final rule that clarifies that victims of unlawful packer conduct would not have to prove the competitiveness of the entire industry was harmed before seeking protection under the Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act), and 2) asks for public comments by June 12, 2017 regarding whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture should even follow through with implementing the interim final rule.
 
"Had the agency proposed a 60-day extension to provide the soon-to-be-confirmed Secretary of Agriculture time to evaluated this important rule, we would have agreed.  But that's not what the agency did.  Instead, it has set the rule on a course for defeat by establishing an inexcusably long delay and by proposing a new rule that essentially seeks a vote on whether the rule should even go into effect.
Billings, Mont. - In a public We the People petition launched today and promoted on its Website, Facebook and Twitter pages, R-CALF USA seeks 100,000 signatures during the next 30 days to call on the Trump Administration to ban imports of Brazilian beef until all beef sold in U.S. supermarkets is labeled with its country of origin.    
 
The We the People website indicates that if R-CALF USA's petition achieves the threshold of 100,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House will review the petition and respond by email to each signatory regarding the Administration's response to the petition.

Farm Bureau will meet later this month with a wide-ranging list of important agriculture topics to consider.  The session includes a legislative report by a guest from Helena.  

According to the Bureau’s Secretary Kris Descheemaeker:

Billings, Mont.-The statewide Ohio cattle association, Buckeye Quality Beef Association, will host a public meeting featuring R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard to explain the precarious state of the U.S. cattle industry and offer solutions with which to strengthen it. There is no cost to attend the meeting and it is open to the public. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., April 21, 2017, in the Share Hall of the Guernsey County Fairgrounds, Old Washington, Ohio.

For the past five months, Bullard, who represents the largest producer-only cattle trade association in the U.S., has addressed thousands of independent U.S. cattle producers who attended one of the more than 20 producer meetings sponsored by state and local cattle associations in seven states. These producer meetings were held in N.D., S.D., Neb., Iowa, Kan., Wyo., and Fla.