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USCA Priority Issues 2014
(Updated & Revised October 2014)
  • USCA continues to support the legitimacy of COOL and the guiding principles behind the rule
  • USCA supports strong animal health and food safety in the U.S. USCA opposes regionalization of foreign countries with animal disease problems if such regionalization, through the importation of cattle or beef into the U.S., will weaken animal health or food safety in the United States. USCA opposes the proposed revisions to the current trade protocol which would open the U.S. borders to imports of beef products from 14 states within Brazil. USCA opposes the proposed change in animal-health classification of regions in Argentina that would allow for potential increased trade with the region known as Patagonia.
  • USCA opposes any inclusion of language repealing or altering COOL within the FY 2015 Appropriations Bill; USCA opposes any inclusion of language restricting further action to address provisions within the Packers & Stockyards Act of 1921 as directed through the Grain Inspection Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).
  • USCA supports USDA’s efforts to investigate and enforce antitrust laws ensuring fair market competition. We believe Congress must increase market transparency by addressing captive supply contracts, price reporting, and packer ownership of cattle. USCA supports USDA’s efforts to enhance competition, access, and opportunities for producers, while enhancing value based market structure and encouraging branded programs.
  • USCA supports the Beef Checkoff. USCA supports creating a Beef Checkoff under the Commodity Promotion Research and Information Act of 1996.
  • USCA has reviewed the recently released USDA Animal Disease Traceability rule and will monitor its implementation. USCA worked with the Cattle ID Group and USDA to develop an animal disease trace back system that is adequately funded and meets the needs of animal health officials at the state and tribal level without burdening producers with additional costs or subjecting them to an unworkable system.
  • USCA supports the final 2014 Farm Bill as written and passed. USCA opposed any inclusion of language that would repeal or alter COOL and any reference that would halt further action to address market transparency. USCA supports the livestock disaster assistance provisions and the expanded commitment to agricultural research.
  • USCA supports sustainable land and water use. USCA opposes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to implement its Total Maximum Daily Load rule for the Chesapeake Bay and its numeric nutrient criteria rule for the state of Florida.
  • USCA opposes the “Draft Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act” released by EPA. The guidelines’ broad scope will leave ranchers across the country vulnerable to increased regulations and additional permitting costs.
  • USCA opposes and will offer comments on the EPA’s proposed rule which would alter definitions within the Clean Water Act.
  • USCA is monitoring the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement per inclusion of necessary safeguards to protect the domestic livestock industry.
  • USCA supports the responsible use of valuable and proven medicines that ranchers rely on to keep herds healthy.
  • USCA supports the humane treatment of horses and implementing a plan that involves both the processing of horses in the U.S. and continued reliable funding of inspection at horse slaughter plants.
  • USCA continues to work with an Agriculture-Environment focused coalition with the goal of monitoring new and ongoing regulations put forth by the EPA.

Washington, D.C.: Jess Peterson, EVP (202) 870-3867;
California: Jon Wooster, President, USCA: (831) 385-5316;