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South Dakota Squashes COOL Attempt

2/27/2017 8:38:00 AM
The South Dakota legislature has stopped a move to require country-of-origin labeling on beef sold within the state. Only 13 senators voted in favor of rewriting the state’s COOL law. >> Read More

Legislation Introduced to Reform the Commodity Checkoff Program

7/14/2016 2:57:00 PM
Supporters Urge Congress to Take Action and Pass Meaningful Commodity Checkoff Program Reform
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Canada Opposed Even to Voluntary Country-of-Origin Labeling

1/18/2016 10:42:00 AM
Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said after meeting with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that Canada "does not support voluntary labeling."  >> Read More

USDA Halts Enforcing COOL Requirements

12/22/2015 11:23:00 AM

Effective immediately, USDA is not enforcing the COOL requirements for muscle cut and ground beef and pork.  

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Congress Forsakes Consumers and Producers in COOL Repeal

12/16/2015 7:38:00 PM
"Congress is forsaking consumers and producers by terminating the right of U.S. citizens to know the origins of their food." >> Read More

Key Ag Issues Included in 2016 Spending Bill

12/16/2015 11:26:00 AM

Issues include COOL Repeal, Dietary Guideline Limits, Permanent Section 179 provisions, however the fate of WOTUS is being left in the hands of the courts.  

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WTO Hands Down Painful COOL Tariffs

12/7/2015 9:07:00 AM
National Farmer Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson denounced the finding stating, "Today's decision to allow Canada and Mexico to impose..."
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New Canadian Agriculture Minister Will Pursue COOL Retaliation

11/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
A WTO arbitration panel now is determining the level of retaliation; Canada and Mexico have asked for a combined $3.1 billion.  >> Read More

COOL Arbitration Decision Date Pushed Back

10/15/2015 5:45:00 AM
Canadian officials are likely displeased by the apparent arbitration panel decision delay, as they wanted the U.S. Senate to act on legislation to repeal COOL before Congress recesses. >> Read More

WTO Sets COOL Arbitration Hearing

8/11/2015 10:44:00 AM

The WTO has finally set a date to consider Canada and Mexico's proposed retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. in the country-of-origin labeling dispute.  

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Recent Ag News

Wyoming Ranchers Win Right to Be Heard to Defend Against Grizzly Bears Predation

3/20/2018 9:39:00 AM
DENVER, CO. Today, a federal judge agreed that Wyoming ranchers add an important voice to the discussion over how to deal with the rebounded grizzly bear population around Yellowstone National Park. For decades, ranchers such as Charles C. Price and Mary E. Thoman have dealt with the deadly and dangerous effects of the growing grizzly bear population in their backyards but will finally be able to join with the court in ensuring all parties know the true effects of the grizzly bear. Mr. Price and Ms. Thoman, and their fellow ranchers lose countless numbers of livestock due to grizzly bear kills every year. Mr. Price and other ranchers in the Upper Green River Valley lost 71 cattle to confirmed grizzly bear kills in 2017 alone. Ms. Thoman and her family have not only lost countless sheep to grizzly bear kills, but also one of the family’s shepherds was mauled by a female grizzly bear in 2010. Those trying to make an honest living in rural western Wyoming are forced to expend a vast amount of money to try to protect themselves, their employees, and their livelihoods from the unrestrained predation by the ever-growing grizzly bear population. >> Read More
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NCBA Announces 2018 Stockmanship and Stewardship Events

3/20/2018 4:56:00 AM
Stockmanship and Stewardship events provide beef and dairy producers with hands-on training, cattle handling demonstrations, beef quality assurance (BQA) certifications and more. >> Read More
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Senate Ag Committee Recognizes MT FFA President

3/19/2018 10:51:00 AM
March is Women's History Month, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is celebrating women in agriculture. Today the committee recognized Sheridan Johnson, a 4th generation wheat farmer from Conrad, Montana - and Montana FFA Association president. >> Read More
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USCA Petition for Rulemaking on "Fake Meat" Under Consideration

3/16/2018 1:36:00 PM
(WASHINGTON) – The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted for public comment the United States Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) petition for rulemaking on the definitions of “beef” and “meat”. The deadline for letters of support is April 10th. >> Read More
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Montana Ranchers to Support USCA Truthful Beef Labeling

3/16/2018 1:29:00 PM
The United States Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) efforts on truthful beef labeling will be supported this month with multiple fundraising events being organized by producers across the state on Montana. >> Read More
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