USCA (May 14, 2013) - The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement in reference to the Senate mark-up and subsequent passage of the “Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013” (S.10) out of the Senate Agriculture Committee this afternoon. The following statement can be attributed to U.S. Cattlemen's Association President Jon Wooster, San Lucas, CA:
“USCA applauds the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry for its passage of the 2013 Farm Bill today. The commitment from Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS) and the committee staff to seeing this legislation through in its second mark-up is a true testament to their support of the nation’s agriculture industry. USCA has had the pleasure of working alongside Senator Stabenow's staff and members of the committee to ensure that the best interests of the nation’s cattle producers are being met.
USCA is particularly pleased to see that the amendment regarding the mandatory Country of Origin Labeling program was withdrawn. USCA has worked diligently to ensure that members of the Senate Agriculture Committee are aware of the importance of COOL and the logical steps forward, which are based on an ultimate resolution at the WTO and not through legislative intervention. USCA would like to specifically thank Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for speaking out in support of COOL and by doing so, speaking on behalf of all USCA members and cattle producers across the country.
USCA now looks to address this issue, among others, in tomorrow’s House mark-up of the Farm Bill. We are encouraged by today’s vote and look forward to building on this momentum to secure and pass a comprehensive Farm Bill in 2013.”