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·         Cattle producers support ag-related House bills

·         ICON supports Senators efforts for honest beef labels



Cattle producers support ag-related House bills


Claire Kowalick, Wichita Falls Times Record News (TX)  

Nov. 5, 2019


The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association said they applaud three agriculture-related bills that were recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.


The bills address widely different issues, but all benefit cattle producers, said Robert McKnight Jr., president of the TSCRA.


The Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully (Real MEAT) Act of 2019 was introduced Oct. 28 by Reps. Roger Marshal (R-Kan.) and Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.)


The bill creates a nationally recognized definition of “beef” to ensure customers are not confused or misled by alternative protein products. The act also strengthens misbranding laws to provide for better enforcement and clarification for Congress’ intent for the Beef Promotion and Research Act.


On Oct. 30, acts for the Responsible and Efficient Agriculture Destination (TREAD) and Farm Workforce Modernization (FWM) were introduced.


The TREAD Act by Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Lloyd Smucker (R-Penn.) aims to codify hours-of-service exemptions for livestock transporters.


The government has restrictions on the number of hours commercial haulers can drive before taking a rest break. Livestock haulers have unique challenges, however, as live animals cannot be left in a trailer while the driver rests. The bill allows some exemptions to livestock haulers so they can reach their destination safely while also safeguarding the well-being of animals.


The FWM Act is spearheaded by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), but has lengthy bipartisan support.


The bill offers year-round workers, through the H-2A program, wage relief and reduced housing costs...





ICON supports Senators efforts for honest beef labels


BY Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska

via KTIC (NE) - November 5, 2019


The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska applaud Sen. Jon Tester’s Senate resolution, introduced on Oct. 30, calling on the rest of Congress to “reinstate County-of-Origin labeling for pork and beef to allow consumers to make an informed and free choice about where their food comes from.”


Also, South Dakota Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune recently introduced the U.S. Beef Integrity Act, which would ensure that no beef that was born, raised or slaughtered in foreign countries could be labeled as a product of the U.S.A.


Currently, country of origin label regulations are required for perishable fruits and vegetables, chicken, lamb, goat, fish and most nuts, but not beef or pork.


Country of origin labels require retailers to let customers know where the commodities originated, giving shoppers more information and allowing producers to compete in a transparent marketplace.


ICON thanks Sens. Tester, Thune and Rounds for their efforts, and urges Nebraska Sens. Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse to insist on honest, country-of-origin labels on beef and pork. Ideally, country of origin labels should be part of the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.


Beef and pork from other countries do not need to be labeled by origin and if they are processed or re-packaged in the U.S., the packages are stamped with a USDA symbol, falsely indicating it is a product of the United States.


Meat processors then offer cheaper-sourced beef to consumers as though it were produced by U.S. farmers and ranchers.


It’s a profitable deal for processors and retailers, but a sour deal for Nebraska cattle producers...