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Drive Launched to Get 200 Congressional Signers in 10 Days on Bipartisan
Senate Letter About Food Crisis
Billings, Mont. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator
Mike Rounds (R-SD) and U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) called attention to a
food crisis in America. In a comprehensive bipartisan letter,
the senators succinctly described the anatomy of the nation’s food crisis
marked by consumers paying an unnecessary, over-inflated price for beef in
the store while the nation’s cattle ranchers and farmers are on the verge of
The letter explains that if Congress does not take immediate
action, current policies will “cause the demise of the American rancher and
American consumers will be forced to pay a higher price for a much lower
The letter attributes the crisis to a failed marketing
structure in which the middlemen have a stranglehold over both consumers
Following a Facebook Live event held yesterday,
the ranch group R-CALF USA launched an urgent, nationwide drive to get 200
members of Congress, from both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, to join with
Senators Rounds and Smith by adding their name to the bipartisan letter
within the next 10 days.
“The most important step consumers and cattle producers can do
today is to share this senate letter with their own senators and
representative and get them to sign on,” said Brett Kenzy, a rancher and
director of R-CALF USA.
Kenzy said there have been many joint letters circulated by
Congress, but not since the passage of the Packers and Stockyards Act of
1921 – exactly 100 years ago – has there been a more important letter than
this one. “This letter describes the crisis so clearly that representatives
of both consumers and ranchers will immediately understand that they must
join the bipartisan letter to reverse the crisis before it gets any worse.”
Kenzy said he encourages every consumer and every cattle
producer to put this bipartisan letter into the hands of each of their
congressional members and to get their commitment to put an end to this
serious crisis that affects everyone. Congressional members can join the
letter by contacting the office of either Rounds or Smith.
The public can check to see if their members of Congress have
joined the bipartisan letter by going to the R-CALF USA Website at www.r-calfusa.com, which will be
R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United
Stockgrowers of America) is the largest producer-only lobbying and trade
association representing U.S. cattle producers. It is a national, nonprofit
organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and
viability of the U.S. cattle industry. Visitwww.r-calfusa.comor,
call 406-252-2516 for more information.
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