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US cattle ranchers praise Beef Caucus start

Cattlemen will get a chance to raise policy issues with US government officials

US cattlemen have applauded the re-establishment of the Congressional Beef Caucus, set up to educate politicians on policy issues affecting cattle and beef producers.

At a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) praised the renewal of the bipartisan Congressional Beef Caucus. It comes at a time when legislation on the meat industry has been controversial, with many associations, including the NCBA, this week criticising the US government on new fair play rules that could pave the way for a landslide of litigation against big meat companies.

But the Congressional Beef Caucus is set up to address these issues; it gives the cattle industry a chance to educate Members of Congress and staff on policy issues affecting the industry.

On behalf of America’s cattlemen and women, I want to thank Congressmen Cuellar, Yoder, and every other Member who has already joined the Congressional Beef Caucus – and I’d encourage every other Member of Congress to join today,” said NCBA president Craig Uden, a fourth-generation cattleman from Nebraska.

From trade to taxes, and from federal lands to the farm bill, there are many issues that affect our ability to help provide the world’s safest and most abundant food supply. The Beef Caucus will help us highlight those issues on Capitol Hill, so lawmakers know how those policies affect cattle producers back home in their districts.

NCBA’s announcement comes as hundreds of livestock producers flock to Capitol Hill as part of the NCBA and the Public Lands Council’s annual legislative conference.

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