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· NCBA Media Release: New CFAP Details “One More Step, But Much More Needs to Be Done to Help Family-Owned Cow-Calf and Stocker Operations”
· NCBA supports a voluntary labeling program
NCBA: New CFAP Details “One More Step, But Much More Needs to Be Done to Help Family-Owned Cow-Calf and Stocker Operations”
Source: National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA)
May 19, 2020
WASHINGTON (May 19, 2020) — National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Marty Smith today joined President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at a White House ceremony to unveil new details about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). NCBA was instrumental in securing authorization and funding for the CFAP program, which will provide much-needed relief to American cattle producers who have been economically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“America’s cattle producers have been hit very hard economically by this pandemic, so we’re pleased that this relief is one step closer to reaching the producers who need it,” Smith said. “Still, this is just one step and much more needs to be done to address the needs facing family cow-calf producers and stockers in the CFAP details that were released today. We will continue to push Capitol Hill for additional resources for cow-calf producers, backgrounders, and all other segments of the industry who may not sufficiently benefit from the program in its current form.”
President Trump announced that beginning on Tuesday, May 26, local Farm Service Agency offices will begin accepting applications for CFAP funds, which the Administration hopes to begin rolling out to producers the following week. More information about the application process will be available at https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/livestock.
USDA announced the CFAP program on April 17. The program will use funding provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and other USDA authorities. $19 billion in immediate relief includes direct support to agricultural producers.
NCBA supports a voluntary labeling program
By Meghan Grebner, Brownfield
May 19, 2020
A push for mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (mCOOL) has resurfaced but the head of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says a mandatory label would do more harm than good.
CEO Colin Woodall says the WTO previously ruled against the US appeal to keep its country-of-origin-labeling program. “There is no mandatory program that would satisfy them,” he says. “The return of any mandatory Country of Origin Labeling program would automatically trigger $1-billion in retaliatory tariffs against us by Canada and Mexico.”
University of Missouri livestock economist Scott Brown says a mandatory labeling system could potentially cut off the US from participating in a global trade market, which has helped to increase the value of US beef. “Global economy matters to us,” he says. “Even though we’ve been through all of this COVID-19 right now. If we get beyond that and we’re back to global income growth happening around the rest of the world we need those export markets available to us. So we’re going to have to tread carefully as we move forward in that discussion.”
Woodall tells Brownfield NCBA does fully support a voluntary labeling program. “We believe the best way to do this is to focus all labeling programs on the USDA system that is currently in place,” he says. “The Process Verified Program, where you can have any number of labels to be approved, audited, and verified and utilized for marketing.”
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