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Originally posted by www.cattlenetwork.com...
Cattle Alert: 82 Organizations Support House Resolution to Protect U.S. Beef Supply
WASHINGTON (March 15, 2005) _ In a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives today, 82 farm and consumer groups urged support of House Joint Resolution 23, which rejects the Agriculture Department's plan to reestablish live cattle and beef trade with countries that have documented cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
"National Farmers Union and others applaud the efforts of Representatives Herseth and Cubin for introducing this legislation on behalf of U.S. beef producers and consumers," said NFU President Dave Frederickson. "Immediate passage of this resolution should be the House of Representative's highest priority."
The full text of the letter and groups follows:
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
We write today representing millions of Americans that do not support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) plan to establish "minimal-risk regions" and permit the importation of commodities from countries with documented cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE); including resuming live cattle trade with Canada. We ask for your support and cosponsorship of House Joint Resolution 23, introduced by Representatives Herseth (D-SD) and Cubin (R-WY) to reject USDA's current plan. It is vital this resolution be passed before USDA's rule is implemented and we urge you to place consideration of the resolution at the top of the House of Representatives' priority list.
Now is not the time to rush in reopening the border with Canada, particularly given their most recent announcements of BSE-positive cattle, discovered after the publication of USDA's plan. United States must be absolutely sure that the proper steps are being taken to protect the public before the border to Canada is open to cattle and beef products. America produces the safest and most abundant food supply that our consumers have come to depend on. It is unwise to potentially jeopardize the consumer trust instilled in our food supply to prematurely opening our markets to BSE-positive countries.
The United States Senate passed a similar resolution rejecting USDA's plans by a vote of 52-46. During debate in the Senate, many members remarked on the lack of compliance Canada has demonstrated regarding its ruminant feeding ban; the fact our largest beef export markets remain closed to U.S. beef; and finally, mandatory country-of-origin labeling is not in place. We fully concur with these concerns and strongly believe these issues need to be resolved prior to opening the border to Canada.
On behalf of American consumers and agricultural producers, we again urge you to support and cosponsor H.J. Resolution 23. Please contact Representative Herseth's office at 5-2801 (Ryan Stroschein) or Representative Cubin's office at 5-2311 (Alison McGuire) to cosponsor H.J.
American Agriculture Movement
American Corn Growers Association
American Meat Goat Association
Arkansas Farmers Union
Calaveras Co. Cattlemen's Association (CA)
California Dairy Campaign
California Farmers Union
Cattle Producers of Washington
Center for Rural Affairs
Churches' Center for Land and People
Citizen's Action Coalition (IN)
Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CA)
Consumer Federation of America
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation
Dakota Resource Council
Dakota Rural Action
Family Farm Defenders
Family Farm for the Future (MO)
Florida Farmers, Inc
Idaho Farmers Union
Idaho Rural Council
Illinois Farmers Union
Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas
Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
Intertribal Agriculture Council
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
Iowa Farmers Union
Kansas Cattlemen's Association
Kansas Farmers Union
Kansas National Farmers Organization
Kit Carson County Cattlemen's Association (CO)
Land Stewardship Project (MN)
Lincoln/Elbert Co. Farmers Union (CO)
Livestock Marketing Association
McPherson Co. Farmers Union (KS)
Michigan Farmers Union
Minnesota Farmers Union
Mississippi Livestock Market Association
Missouri Farmers Union
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Montana Cattlemen's Association
Montana Farmers Union
National Association of Counties
National Consumers League
National Contract Poultry Growers Association
National Family Farm Coalition
National Farmers Organization
National Farmers Union
Nebraska Farmers Union
Nevada Committee for Full Statehood
Nevada Live Stock Association
New Mexico Cattle Growers'
North Carolina Contract Poultry Growers Association
North Dakota Farmers Union
Northern Plains Resource Council
Ohio Farmers Union
Oregon Farmers Union
Oregon Livestock Producers Association
Oregon Rural Action
Organization for Competitive Markets
Pennsylvania Farmers Union
Powder River Basin Resource Council
R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
Rural Roots (ID, Eastern WA)
South Dakota Farmers Union
South Dakota Livestock Auction Markets Assn.
South Dakota Stockgrowers Association
Southern Shrimp Alliance
Soybean Producers of America
Spokane Co. Cattle Producers (WA)
Stillwater Range Association (MT)
Texas Farmers Union
Utah Farmers Union
Washington Farmers Union
Western Colorado Congress
Western Organization of Resource Councils
Wisconsin Farmers Union