(SAN MARCOS) – Last week, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) took part in the 43rd Annual Convention of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas (ICA), held in San Marcos, Texas. The three-day meeting brought together cattle producers from across the state to discuss issues affecting the industry, including animal disease and health, border security and immigration, and reproductive management.

USCA’s Policy & Outreach Director Lia Biondo spoke to over 200 attendees during theThursday afternoon session on opportunities and challenges U.S. cattle producers will face under the new Administration.   

Biondo commented to the group, “Agriculture is uniquely positioned for success in the years ahead. The current Administration is committed to an ‘America-first’ policy, which we hope to utilize in the reestablishment of a country-of-origin-labeling program. USCA is also looking forward to contributing to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. USCA will be testifying next week at the International Trade Commission on how the Administration can incorporate the best interests of U.S. cattle producers into any final deal.”

“USCA worked directly with ICA this year in addressing the eradication of the cattle fever tick. USCA, with the assistance of ICA staff and members, sent a letter to USDA requesting that up to $6 million be made available to producers who are using out-of-pocket funds to treat the cattle fever tick in their herds.”

“USCA looks forward to continuing our work with ICA to best represent Texas cattle producers in D.C.  ICA has been a long-time supporter of USCA and its efforts on the national level, and we truly couldn’t do what we do in Washington, D.C. without the generosity and support of ICA and its members.”

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Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to enhancing and expanding the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill.  USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development.  For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org

Source: USCA

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