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R-CALF USA 12th annual Convention highlights

BILLINGS, MT – Arriving from over 20 states, nearly 200 U.S. cattle-producing members of R-CALF USA participated in the group’s two-day 12th Annual Convention held Aug. 26-27 in Rapid City, SD. Along with catching up with old acquaintances, members discussed the most critical issues affecting their livelihoods, rural communities and industry and developed new member-policies to direct the advocacy operations of R-CALF USA.

Discussions centered on the status of R-CALF USA’s many accomplishments since the group’s formation just a little over a decade ago. Those accomplishments include the 2002 passage and 2008 implementation of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL); the 2008 blocking of the mega-merger between the world’s largest beef packer (JBS-Brazil) and the nation’s fourth largest beef packer (National Beef Packing Co.); the three court-ordered injunctions the group won between 2004 and 2008 to prevent the premature importation of Canadian beef and cattle following Canada’s detection of mad cow disease; the 2010 stopping of the ill-conceived National Animal Identification System (NAIS); and the 2010 publication of the proposed competition rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), known as the GIPSA rule.

Members adamantly expressed their belief that the implementation of the GIPSA rule is the most critical first step in correcting the 15 market failures identified by R-CALF USA. The group believes those 15 market failures are caused by an erosion of market competition and inappropriate trade polices that facilitate the ongoing contraction of the U.S. cattle industry. The group says that in just the past 30 years over half a million U.S. cattle operations exited the industry, the U.S. cattle herd shrank to historic low levels, and the industry remains unable to produce enough beef to meet domestic beef demand.



Responding to a leaked decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which reportedly ruled against the U.S. COOL law following complaints by Canada, Mexico, and several other foreign countries, members passed a Special Order of Business that describes the WTO ruling as an attack on U.S. sovereignty. The Special Order of Business states, “If the reported, preliminary ruling against the United States’ COOL law stands as the official ruling of the WTO, and should the WTO attempt to demand any form of concession from the United States as a condition for the United States to continue to exercise its sovereign right to inform its citizens as to the country-of-origin of their food through its 2002 COOL law as amended in 2008, R-CALF USA will call on Congress and the President of the United States to immediately withdraw from and not support the World Trade Organization.”

BILLINGS, MT – Arriving from over 20 states, nearly 200 U.S. cattle-producing members of R-CALF USA participated in the group’s two-day 12th Annual Convention held Aug. 26-27 in Rapid City, SD. Along with catching up with old acquaintances, members discussed the most critical issues affecting their livelihoods, rural communities and industry and developed new member-policies to direct the advocacy operations of R-CALF USA.



Discussions centered on the status of R-CALF USA’s many accomplishments since the group’s formation just a little over a decade ago. Those accomplishments include the 2002 passage and 2008 implementation of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL); the 2008 blocking of the mega-merger between the world’s largest beef packer (JBS-Brazil) and the nation’s fourth largest beef packer (National Beef Packing Co.); the three court-ordered injunctions the group won between 2004 and 2008 to prevent the premature importation of Canadian beef and cattle following Canada’s detection of mad cow disease; the 2010 stopping of the ill-conceived National Animal Identification System (NAIS); and the 2010 publication of the proposed competition rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), known as the GIPSA rule.

Members adamantly expressed their belief that the implementation of the GIPSA rule is the most critical first step in correcting the 15 market failures identified by R-CALF USA. The group believes those 15 market failures are caused by an erosion of market competition and inappropriate trade polices that facilitate the ongoing contraction of the U.S. cattle industry. The group says that in just the past 30 years over half a million U.S. cattle operations exited the industry, the U.S. cattle herd shrank to historic low levels, and the industry remains unable to produce enough beef to meet domestic beef demand.

Responding to a leaked decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which reportedly ruled against the U.S. COOL law following complaints by Canada, Mexico, and several other foreign countries, members passed a Special Order of Business that describes the WTO ruling as an attack on U.S. sovereignty. The Special Order of Business states, “If the reported, preliminary ruling against the United States’ COOL law stands as the official ruling of the WTO, and should the WTO attempt to demand any form of concession from the United States as a condition for the United States to continue to exercise its sovereign right to inform its citizens as to the country-of-origin of their food through its 2002 COOL law as amended in 2008, R-CALF USA will call on Congress and the President of the United States to immediately withdraw from and not support the World Trade Organization.”

BILLINGS, MT – Arriving from over 20 states, nearly 200 U.S. cattle-producing members of R-CALF USA participated in the group’s two-day 12th Annual Convention held Aug. 26-27 in Rapid City, SD. Along with catching up with old acquaintances, members discussed the most critical issues affecting their livelihoods, rural communities and industry and developed new member-policies to direct the advocacy operations of R-CALF USA.

Discussions centered on the status of R-CALF USA’s many accomplishments since the group’s formation just a little over a decade ago. Those accomplishments include the 2002 passage and 2008 implementation of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL); the 2008 blocking of the mega-merger between the world’s largest beef packer (JBS-Brazil) and the nation’s fourth largest beef packer (National Beef Packing Co.); the three court-ordered injunctions the group won between 2004 and 2008 to prevent the premature importation of Canadian beef and cattle following Canada’s detection of mad cow disease; the 2010 stopping of the ill-conceived National Animal Identification System (NAIS); and the 2010 publication of the proposed competition rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), known as the GIPSA rule.

Members adamantly expressed their belief that the implementation of the GIPSA rule is the most critical first step in correcting the 15 market failures identified by R-CALF USA. The group believes those 15 market failures are caused by an erosion of market competition and inappropriate trade polices that facilitate the ongoing contraction of the U.S. cattle industry. The group says that in just the past 30 years over half a million U.S. cattle operations exited the industry, the U.S. cattle herd shrank to historic low levels, and the industry remains unable to produce enough beef to meet domestic beef demand.

Responding to a leaked decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which reportedly ruled against the U.S. COOL law following complaints by Canada, Mexico, and several other foreign countries, members passed a Special Order of Business that describes the WTO ruling as an attack on U.S. sovereignty. The Special Order of Business states, “If the reported, preliminary ruling against the United States’ COOL law stands as the official ruling of the WTO, and should the WTO attempt to demand any form of concession from the United States as a condition for the United States to continue to exercise its sovereign right to inform its citizens as to the country-of-origin of their food through its 2002 COOL law as amended in 2008, R-CALF USA will call on Congress and the President of the United States to immediately withdraw from and not support the World Trade Organization.”


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