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R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard to Address Global Issues Facing Beef Producers at Upcoming OISA Meeting

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:27:46 CST

R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard to Address Global Issues Facing Beef Producers at Upcoming OISA Meeting Oklahoma Independent Stockgrowers Association's business meeting and social will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST at the Best Western Plus Saddleback Inn, 4300 SW 3rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73108. The meeting is open to the public and free to attend. Phone (405) 947-7000 to reserve a room.

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard will be in attendance as a guest speaker to address members on global issues facing the American Cattle Producers

OISA is a brand-new state organization that was started to address trade and marketing issues facing independent cattle producers in Oklahoma. "We didn't have a voice, the true grassroots producers' voice was being taken over by the globalists and meatpackers through the only cattlemen's organization in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association," said OISA founder Brad Hutchison. It wasn't a sudden move, Hutchison said it was a well thought out decision to start an organization over the past 3 or 4 years; however, he kept thinking that he could just negotiate with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association.

"The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is the number one reason for pulling away," said Hutchison, "our (checkoff) dollar is being used against us."

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef or GRSB is an initiative orchestrated by extreme environmentalists, corporate giants, and global meatpackers that Hutchison says has determined that ranchers are responsible for climate change and the GRSB is driving regulations down to the producer that producers are unable to comply with. They are calling it 'sustainability'.

"Instead of pushing back, state organizations like the OCA are going along with it," he said. "The GRSB injects policy into state organizations, who get the producers on the ground to vote these policies in; and producers do not know what they are voting in."

"As time goes on, it becomes more evident that the grassroots producer needs to have a voice; those that are behind this control scheme want us off our properties," Hutchison concluded. "It's vital to our operations to be able to hand it down to generations to come."

OISA is an R-CALF USA state affiliate organization. "Our concerns mirror R-CALF's concerns," Hutchison concluded. "Our state group will work to address market manipulations, bring back mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL), reverse the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) rules withdrawal and push for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Source - Oklahoma Independent Stockgrowers Association



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