Nebraska cattle producers invited to O’Neill on Feb. 7 to hear J. Dudley Butler speak |

Nebraska cattle producers invited to O’Neill on Feb. 7 to hear J. Dudley Butler speak

J. Dudley Butler, former administrator of the USDA Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), left his official USDA post Jan. 26. He will make his first public appearance at 7:30 p.m., at the O’Neill Community Center, O’Neill, NE, Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Butler was a part of the reformist team chosen by the Obama Administration to restore competition to U.S. livestock markets. He was the architect of the now diminished GIPSA rule.

Butler will describe to O’Neill area cattle producers the state of competition in the U.S. cattle industry and answer the question “What’s next for independent cattle producers?”

Also speaking at the Feb. 7 event will be Steve Stanke from the Nebraska Brand Committee. Stanke will update area cattle producers on the status of Nebraska’s brand program.

In addition, Bill Bullard, CEO of Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA), will also make a presentation regarding the status of country of origin labeling (COOL), the USDA’s latest plan to implement a nationwide animal identification system, and new amendments to U.S. import laws that have relaxed U.S. protections against the introduction of foreign animal diseases.

The public is invited to attend this unprecedented and informative meeting about the current and future direction of the U.S. cattle industry and the speakers will entertain questions from the audience at the conclusion of their presentations.


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