Billings, Mont. - R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement following Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement that he is withdrawing one cattle-related GIPSA rule and refusing to take any action on the other cattle-related GIPSA rule.

"Secretary Perdue just handed the entrenched, multinational trade associations and their high-dollar lobbyists a huge victory on the backs of hard working U.S. farmers and ranchers.

(WASHINGTON) - The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) responded to today’s announcement that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will withdraw the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Interim Final Rule regarding the Scope of Sections 202 (a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act.  The following statement may be attributed to USCA President Kenny Graner:

The Department of the Interior’s announcement that it intends to re-open the 2015 Sage Grouse Plan for comments and amendments may be beneficial to ranchers according to the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF). The conservation plan, a collaborative effort by stakeholders in 11 western states, was designed to prevent the bird from being listed under the Endangered Species Act.

BOZEMAN, Mont., Oct. 06, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steven J. Peterson today announced that physical loss loans are available for two counties in Montana. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by multiple wildfires that occurred on July 15, 2017, and continuing, may be eligible for emergency loans.

Billings, Mont. - Yesterday, national cattle association R-CALF USA, along with over 15 state and local groups representing America's cattle ranchers, joined in a letter with 210 organizations to send a strong message to Congress as deliberations begin on the 2018 Farm Bill. 

"Our message tells Congress it's time to quit kowtowing to multinational agribusinesses at the expense of America's family farmers and ranchers, workers and consumers," said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard adding, "In short, our message is that Congress must begin putting America's interest ahead of the interests of multinational corporations."