Paraguay is a small, landlocked country with far bigger neighbors in Argentina and Brazil. Over time, it evolved into one of South America’s best. The USDA will allow the United States to import fresh beef from Paraguay, but it’s not expected to amount to much, only .05 percent of U.S.

Continue Reading Paraguay’s tiny but controversial re-entry to selling beef in the U.S. market

Competition in Congress over the EATS Act is unusual because it’s being played for keeps.  Usually, concerns about relationships and the near certainty that a current opponent will be an ally next time mean such disputes are almost always milder than wild.

But the battle royal over the EATS Act

Continue Reading The skin may come off on more than a baseball in this no holds battle in Congress

Food safety is reason enough to kill the Processing Revival and Interstate Meat Exemption Act, otherwise known as the PRIME Act, according to some of the industry’s most powerful players.

The North American Meat Institute and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association put themselves on record for the 118th Congress as

Continue Reading Food safety concerns are said to require the defeat of the “well-intentioned” PRIME Act

The U.S. Supreme Court does not see any reason to review the Beef Check-off.

It’s a victory for USDA and the nation’s largest beef organization.

Since its creation by the 1985 Farm Bill, the Checkoff has assessed A $1 per head fee on selling all live and domestic cattle. The

Continue Reading SCOTUS isn’t reviewing the “Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner,” Checkoff Program

American cattle producers who don’t often agree on much are collectively calling for the immediate suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil to the United States. They claim Brazil, one of the world’s largest beef exporters, is putting American consumers at risk.

The Denver-based National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Continue Reading American beef producers want the door shut on all fresh beef from Brazil

Cattlemen and ranchers have three national organizations vying for their loyalty and support, and they don’t always agree on policy.

That’s apparently going to be true for something as simple as whether the interstate movement of cattle should require the use of radio-frequency ear-tags for traceability purposes.  Commonly referred to
Continue Reading National cattlemen’s organizations split on RFID for traceability

The move in Congress to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law for beef, pork and chicken is again turning up the fault lines among the three major organizations that represent American cattle producers. While there are numerous state and local affiliates, the three big groups are:

  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association


Continue Reading Cattle Producer Associations Run From Hot to Cold on COOL

With beef prices in the U.S. reaching stratospheric levels, looking to one of our top-10 trading partners for increased supply would seem to be in the best interest of hard-pressed American consumers. But the Denver-based National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says that action by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Continue Reading Cattlemen Object on Food-Safety Grounds to USDA Allowing More Brazilian Beef Imports