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· R-CALF CEO says it’s time for producers to take back control of the cattle industry
· Stock Growers Association Gets Senator’s Support On M-COOL Resolution
R-CALF CEO says it’s time for producers to take back control of the cattle industry
By Meghan Grebner, Brownfield
March 22, 2020
The CEO of R-CALF USA says now is the time for cattle producers to take back control of their industry.
Bill Bullard says unlike other livestock sectors, the beef industry still has enough individual components to rebuild competition in the marketplace. “To completely stop this process of vertically integrating the industry where the meatpackers will essentially control the terms of production, the terms of marketing, and actually establish the value they’re willing to pay to producers,” he says.
He tells Brownfield including cattle producers in an economic stimulus package doesn’t go far enough. “It fails to recognize that we were in a crisis long before the last two or three weeks,” he says. “The crisis has to be resolved. This is the opportunity for all the industry to get together and ask for meaningful reforms.”
Bullard says they also want to see mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling restored so American consumers can put American cattle producers first...
more, including [3:36 min.]
Stock Growers Association Gets Senator’s Support On M-COOL Resolution
Radio 570 WNAX (SD)
Mar 23, 2020
One of the priorities of the South Dakota Stockgrower’s Association is getting mandatory country of origin labeling reinstated. Association Executive Director James Halverson says recently they got the support of South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds in circulating a resolution to get M-COOL back.
He says the Senator’s support of M-COOL is part of his three point plan to address the depressed cattle prices producers are currently suffering from. Halverson says COOL opponents have worried about retaliation from U.S.trading partners, but Halverson says any retaliation would cause less damage than the current cattle prices are causing,
Halverson says it doesn’t make sense there aren’t any labeling protections in place for beef or pork but there is for every other product...
more, including audio [1:18 min.]