(WASHINGTON) – Today, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Administration’s intent to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Trade Committee Chairman Leo McDonnell issued the following statement:    
   
“Since the signing of NAFTA, U.S. cattle producers have experienced distorted and unfair trading practices with both Canada and Mexico. The current trade disparities have resulted in economic harm over the years to cow-calf producers, backgrounders and feedlot operators.”

(WASHINGTON) –The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner issued the following statement on the announcement of initial actions under the “100-day action plan” as agreed to by President Trump and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinpig:

“As noted in the U.S.-China Economic Cooperation 100-Day Plan, U.S. beef access in China remains one of the priorities for both countries.  The Plan states that following one more round of technical consultations, U.S. beef will be granted access to China, in accordance with international standards.  The plan gives a timeline for access set at no later than July 16, 2017.”

The Montana Farm Bureau Summer Conference theme “MFBF: United for Agriculture” will cover a variety of subjects ranging from leadership to new technology June 6-8 at Fairmont Hot Springs. The Summer Conference is a time when advisory committees meet to discuss current agricultural issues and concerns, and surface ideas for policy development.

Tuesday’s meetings include the Board of Directors, Women’s Leadership Committee, Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee as well as in-depth training for Farm Bureau’s ACE (Advocate. Communicate. Educate.) Team.

In a move that is good news for farmers and ranchers, the EPA has contacted 50 state governors, including Montana Governor Steve Bullock, regarding revisions to the Waters of the U.S Rule.  In a letter submitted to the governors, the EPA said they planned to get the governors’ thoughts and concerns about WOTUS before making any revisions to that rule. 

Billings, Mont.-Last week R-CALF USA submitted a whitepaper on country of origin labeling (COOL) to Whitehouse National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro. Titled "Why and How Mandatory COOL Should Be Reinstated Through the NAFTA Renegotiations & Why and How the NAFTA Rule of Origin for Beef Should be Amended," the whitepaper explains the importance of COOL to both consumers and the U.S. cattle industry and provides a plan for restoring COOL for beef during President Trump's renegotiation of NAFTA.  

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard met with Navarro in March during a meeting organized by the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA).  During that meeting Bullard asked Navarro if he would use the NAFTA renegotiation as a platform to restore COOL and correct the faulty rule-of-origin contained in that agreement. Navarro responded with a request for a more detailed, written request for the changes, which is accomplished with the whitepaper.