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Recent Stories by Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA)



Ranch Group Urges Perdue to Keep GIPSA a Stand-Alone Agency

October 11, 2017

Billings, Mont. – In strongly worded comments sent to the office of the U.S. Agriculture Secretary over the weekend, R-CALF USA urged that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration...




Ranch group supports 12 NAFTA improvements

September 14, 2017

Billings, Mont. – Although R-CALF USA and several other member-groups of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) had already weighed-in with the Trump Administration on the need to reform the North American Free Trade...


R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard to testify at NAFTA hearing

June 28, 2017

Washington, D.C. – R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard is scheduled to testify before a hearing of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on Tuesday to discuss his group’s recommendations on how to modernize...


R-CALF USA to USTR: 7 fixes to NAFTA

June 13, 2017

Billings, Mont. – In comprehensive comments submitted yesterday to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), R-CALF USA states the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) benefited transnational meatpackers at the expense...


R-CALF USA Seeks U.S. Probe into JBS Corruption Scandal

June 8, 2017

On June 6, R-CALF USA sent a comprehensive, 11-page request to President Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for a full investigation and strict antitrust...


R-CALF USA: Trump rep, others speak about cattle industry issues

October 28, 2016

Billings, Mont. – R-CALF USA’s annual membership conventions have evolved over the past 17 years. Despite overlapping four presidential elections, never before did the group extend invitations to presidential candidates. But this year it did...


R-CALF USA: Urgent priorities for new Congress

October 20, 2016

Billings, Mont. – In a prepared statement presented this week during the 2018 Farm Bill listening session sponsored by Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), R-CALF USA said the need for major changes is urgent if Congress...


Beef checkoff battle heats up in fed court

September 15, 2016

Billings, Mont. – A flurry of motions were filed recently in the lawsuit filed by R-CALF USA against the national beef checkoff program (Beef Checkoff). The group’s lawsuit was filed May 2 in the U.S....


R-CALF’s attorney seeks quick end to checkoff lawsuit

August 26, 2016

Billings, Mont. – In response to the government’s August motion to dismiss or stay the lawsuit R-CALF USA filed against the national beef checkoff program (Beef Checkoff) in May, late yesterday R-CALF USA’s attorneys asked...




R-CALF to Senate Judiciary: Investigate Price Collapse

April 15, 2016

In its highly detailed and well-documented first request to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee (Committee), R-CALF USA provides evidence indicating that antitrust and anticompetitive conduct by dominant meatpackers and certain traders in the cattle futures...


R-CALF USA testimony: TPP will hurt cattle industry

February 4, 2016

During a formal hearing held recently by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), representatives of the world’s largest multinational meatpackers praised the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Hearing witnesses representing U.S. livestock and...


R-CALF USA to Nebraska senators: defend competition

February 2, 2016

Billings, Mont.- In a letter sent yesterday to Nebraska’s unicameral senators, R-CALF USA urged the defeat of a bill that would weaken the state’s Competitive Livestock Markets Act. Nebraska’s legislative bill, LB 176, would allow...


R-CALF USA: TPP will harm U.S. producers

January 14, 2016

In testimony presented today to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), R-CALF USA urged the commission to recommend the rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard testified the...


R-CALF USA: COOL repeal deprives consumers of rights

December 16, 2015

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement in response to Congress’ inclusion of language in the must-pass omnibus spending bill that would repeal country-of- origin labeling (COOL) for beef, pork and ground beef...