USCA: Fall countryside tour a success
November 5, 2010
The past few months have found Silveus Crop and Range Insurance representative Tait Berlier and U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Executive Vice President Jess Peterson heading out on the highways – and in some cases the county roads – as USCA and Silveus participated in several producer informational meetings.
The events provided producers the opportunity to learn more about the current issues that USCA is working on, as well as learn more about Silveus’ drought-protection programs. Silveus provided generous contributions for the meals at meetings that took place at the Mobridge Livestock Market in Mobridge, SD; St. Onge Livestock Market in St. Onge, SD; Miles City Livestock Commission in Miles City, MT, and Selfridge, ND.
“We had some excellent meetings and discussions at these events,” noted Peterson. “The proposed GIPSA rule, animal identification, beef checkoff, country-of-origin-labeling, and all the legislative issues in Congress were all hot topics.
“A special thanks to the following folks for helping make this events happen: Jason, Tigh and Tom Anderberg, along with Casey Perman and all the good folks at the Mobridge Livestock Market; Justin Tupper, Doug Dietterle, Seth Weishaar, and all the good folks at St. Onge Livestock; Rob Frasier, Bart Meged and all the good folks at Miles City Livestock Commission; Patrick Becker and Allen Lund for organizing and sponsoring the Selfridge meeting,” stated Peterson.
During the meeting tour, Mike Maher donated a calf for a joint rollover sale that took place at the Faith Livestock Market in Faith, SD.
“Support like this is great,” remarked Peterson, “Each time a rancher in conjunction with a livestock market steps forward to contribute to USCA it has a major positive impact on funding the effort.”
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The events were capitalized by a rollover auction on Oct. 8 at the St. Onge Livestock. Justin Tupper donated the calf and St. Onge Livestock Market generously donated to the event.
“Again my hat goes off to each and every rancher and business that contributed nearly $2,600 to USCA at this rollover sale,” stated Peterson.
Wrapping up the tour, Peterson and Berlier attended the fifth annual Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) Convention in North Platte, NE. ICON is an affiliate of USCA and Peterson and Berlier were both on hand at their event to provide their respective updates and thank ICON for their support for USCA.
“This was a huge tour,” remarked Peterson. “It’s important to get out in the countryside to not only inform producers about the issues, but also listen to producers to find out what is important to them and their operations. I received some excellent input on the proposed GIPSA rule, animal identification, estate tax reform and beef trade to name a few. I also heard from folks that they appreciated the fact that USCA works well with all the agriculture groups, and seeks to find common ground when possible and avoids divisive tactics. Time and time again people offered gratitude for USCA’s work along with their positive method in advocating for the industry. Thanks to the support, input and new members, I am heading back to Washington, D.C. with a great deal of added confidence and enthusiasm to continually advocate for the policies bettering the U.S. cattle industry. Never in the history of this country have we been faced with as many regulatory and policy issues that are going to affect not only the freedom of how we operate, but also the costs. It is vital that cattle producers be engaged and at the table.”