U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Takes on Capitol Hill 

(WASHINGTON) – Members from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 10-11 for the annual United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Washington, DC Fly-In. Over 30 members were in attendance for the event, representing Colorado, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, and Virginia.

USCA spent the two days on Capitol Hill working on its number one policy priority: strengthening the bottom line of U.S. cattle producers.

Attendees also met with Administration officials, including leadership at the U.S Department of Agriculture, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Food and Drug Administration, and the White House.

USCA President Kenny Graner issued the following statement:

“On behalf of USCA, I would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who took the time to meet with our delegation over the past week. The thoughtful and constructive conversations our delegation engaged in were encouraging, and we look forward to seeing the results of those conversations in the coming months.

“Topics ranged from the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act to animal health and identification concerns to needed changes in the mandatory price reporting program. We met with key Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, as well as agency officials with the power to enact reforms that would increase transparency and true price discovery in the cattle marketplace, enable truth in labeling on U.S. beef products, and ensure the health of the domestic cattle herdwhen negotiating international trade agreements. If you’d like to lend your voice on any of these key topics, we are always seeking grassroots industry advocates. Please contact Lia Biondo at lia@wssdc.com for more information.”

Meeting Agenda:

Monday, June 11th 
6:30 AM – 7:30 AM               Breakfast & Welcoming Remarks
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM             Meetings at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM             House and Senate Agriculture Committee Meetings
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM               Congressional Visits
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM               2019 Congressional Reception: sponsored by the
                                              National Association of Broadcasters

Tuesday, June 12th

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM               Breakfast & Opening Remarks: To be joined by FCC
Commissioner Brendan Carr

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM           Meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
11:30 AM – 12:30 AM           Lunch in the Secretary’s Dining Room at USDA
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM               Meetings at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM               Meeting w/Commodity Futures Trading Commission
9:00 PM                                USCA Executive Leaders Meet at White House

Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to enhancing and expanding the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill.  USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development.  For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org.

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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