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NCBA President Fires Back at R-CALF, Others

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 17:44:05 CDT

At least two agriculture organizations are at odds over the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed rule on livestock marketing. Last week R-CALF USA chastised the position of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, calling it - deceitful and irresponsible. But Steve Foglesong, NCBA President, says - a small minority of so-called "producer groups" in favor of this proposed rule are once again using dubious notions and ambiguous statistics to try to sell this rule as a positive thing for commerce.

Foglesong warns, - as you listen to R-CALF’s rhetoric, please keep in mind that this organization has never done one single thing in their history to create any positive economic impact for beef producers. They are protectionists, and history has proven that protectionism is a failed business model.

Foglesong called R-CALF’s co-conspirators - highly suspect. He said - Food and Water Watch, the Organization for Competitive Markets and elements of labor and consumer movements are strange bedfellows for actual honest-to-goodness beef producers. I can't recall a time when such groups have ever lifted a finger to help beef producers be more profitable, and tigers like these don't change stripes.

According to Farm Bureau, the GIPSA rule infers that all cattle be valued on an average or standard price, regardless of quality. Any deviation from "standard price" must be justified to the government which could lead to litigation that buyers seek to avoid. This will result in a generic market and generic product.


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