Last month, KSDZ radio in Gordon, Neb., invited these four groups to participate in an open, public debate in light of the new competition rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) that would establish measures to benefit cattle farmers and ranchers and make the U.S. cattle market more transparent and competitive.
Billings, Mont. Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, has come and gone to the
detriment of independent U.S. cattle producers who had hoped to learn more
about the state of competition in the U.S. cattle industry by attending or
listening in via the Internet to a forum on that subject featuring
representatives of R-CALF USA, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association
(NCBA), the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the National Meat Association
month, KSDZ radio in Gordon, Neb., invited these four groups to participate in
an open, public debate in light of the new competition rule proposed by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Grain Inspection, Packers and
Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) that would establish measures to benefit
cattle farmers and ranchers and make the U.S. cattle market more transparent
and the U.S. Department of Justice (Justice) are hosting the last of a series
of competition workshops on Aug. 27 in Fort
Collins, Colo. The
proposed competition rule has been hotly contested by NCBA, AMI and NMA, as
well as the National Pork Producers Council all of which more represent the
interests of the multinational meatpackers and not the interests of the actual
producers on the ground.
asked his view on the refusal of NCBA, AMI and NMA to participate in the debate
scheduled for Aug. 9 , KSDZ Radio Owner/Manager Jim Lambley had this to say: "Bill
Bullard, CEO of R-CALF USA, was the only one willing to debate the hard
questions to be asked by beef cattle producers. I would think the membership of
the three refusing meat industry leaders would be ashamed of the organizations
they pay dearly to represent them."
said his radio station covers the largest cattle-producing county in Nebraska and the second
largest cattle-producing county in the nation.
facts speak for themselves," he continued."NCBA, AMI and NMA obviously
were afraid to step into the Round Pen with the TRUTH. On the other hand, R-CALFUSA
was more than willing. That fact alone tells all of us who really is working
honestly for independent U.S.
new GIPSA rule is the first meaningful effort in decades to require
accountability on the part of packers and transparency in the marketplace
essential steps for restoring competition," said R-CALFUSA
CEO Bill Bullard. "It is a disservice to all Rural Americans when the leaders
who are opposing these important new rules refuse to justify their positions in
an open forum. Obviously they have something to hide and they know their
position cannot withstand the critical analysis that would occur in a public
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