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 beefContinue 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…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…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…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 …
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…
Continue Reading National cattlemen’s organizations split on RFID for traceability
In public policy, as in life, learning from past mistakes is a cardinal rule for success. That is why it was disappointing to see Thomas Gremillion from the Consumer Federation of America advocate for the…
Continue Reading Country-of-origin labeling has no place in NAFTA 2.0
When the bitter cold began spreading over rural America last month, the parlor guessing game around many a wood stove was guessing who President-elect Donald J. Trump would name as secretary of agriculture. But the…
Continue Reading Secretary of Agriculture choice not as difficult as farm policy
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…
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…
Continue Reading Cattlemen Object on Food-Safety Grounds to USDA Allowing More Brazilian Beef Imports