OK Independent Stockgrowers Association Calls Producers, Consumers, and Policy Makers to ActionTue, 23 Oct 2018 11:55:31 CDT
The Oklahoma Independent Stockgrower’s Association (OISA) held their first annual meeting in Oklahoma City October 19-21, 2018. The meeting brought independent beef producers, consumers, and legislators together to focus on problems such as the sharp decline in the US beef production market, government regulation that ignores function or merit of the industry, and anti-trust enforcement failures.
Guest speakers included Tom DeWeese, Washington DC, American Policy Center; Bill Bullard, Billings, MT, RCALF USA CEO; Dr. Max Thornsberry, Richland, MO, DVM who presented and openly discussed with its participants agenda 21 veracity, statistical livestock producers’ market decline due to COOL legislation along with failed government antitrust policies, and electronic livestock identification who, what, when, where we are headed as the livestock industry.
Matt and Janet Thompson, MO., Productive American Coalition for Truth-PACT, provided their Australian feedlot and governmental regulation personal experience. Korry Lewis and Travis Stovall, Colorado Meet America, Inc. provided their safe beef, consumer direct business model to combat present day livestock producer challenges. During the evening banquet Karen Gerfen with Protect the Harvest shared the need for unity within our ag organizations. J.D. Blanton country western singer entertained the group during the evening.
Suggested solutions included increasing access to policy makers and educating producers, consumers, legislators, and policy makers regarding the lack of access to a fair market by independent beef producers.
Oklahoma and US independent stock growers are multigenerational, historical, sustainable and are undoubtedly the world’s leader in premium quality and exceptionally safe beef. But while these independent producers were busy producing their beef and expecting policy makers to protect their free markets, maintain the integrity of “US Beef” by distinguishing U.S beef from foreign beef and formulate reasonably environment-conscious decisions instead of anecdotal emotional and pseudo-science based decisions, the independent beef producer has instead been left to fight for survival like the third cow on the ramp to Noah’s Ark.
The independent stock grower’s industry is in jeopardy of collapse. The producer’s earnings dwindle, while consumers’ demands remain high and conglomerate profits increase. The sustainability we once cherished has been transferred to multinational companies while US Beef integrity suffers.
At risk is the US disease-free livestock industry due to the inevitable transfer to US livestock of, foot-and-mouth disease (raw pork entering the U.S.), tainted beef (JBS beef salmonella recall), and USDA animal disease research center re-located into the central US and its congested livestock industry. The livestock industry is heavily dependent upon honest, budget constrained inspectors both in the US and in the world trade industry.
OISA supports the reinstatement of Country of Origin Labeling COOL for beef and pork and enforcement of our anti-trust laws. OISA stands strongly against the Global and U.S. Roundtables for Sustainable Beef agenda which is a Trojan horse unloading centralized control of our private property rights, ushering in U.N. regulations found within the Sustainable Ag Initiative for Beef, and attempts to vertically integrate our American cattle/beef industry like the pork and poultry industries.
Source - Oklahoma Independent Stockgrowers Association
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