Winter of 2017-1018 came and set in.  It was deep white and cold for month on end.  April, when farmers are usually seeding and it is safe for baby calves to be born, the snow was still coming and 4 foot if not 6 foot drifts alternating with mud make it difficult to feed the cows each day as the grass was still hidden benighted the snow.  Record snows had hit many parts of Montana and the mountain front has suffered severely and was still punishing the rancher and their livestock. 

Comment Period Extended for USCA's Petition on 'Beef' and 'Meat' DefinitionsComment Period Extended for USCA's Petition on 'Beef' and 'Meat' Definitions (WASHINGTON) - The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) granted a request for an extension of the deadline for the United States Cattlemen's Association's (USCA) petition to define the terms 'beef' and 'meat'. 

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today upheld a lower court ruling that the USDA's Beef Checkoff program is being administered in a way that interferes with ranchers' First Amendment rights, and that the government should be enjoined from collecting funds for the program without rancher consent. 

The Beef Checkoff is a federal tax that compels producers to pay $1 per head every time cattle are sold, half of which is used to fund the advertisements of private state beef councils, like the Montana Beef Council. The Montana Beef Council is a private corporation whose members include representatives of the largest multinational beef packers.