(WASHINGTON) – Today, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) announced Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union, as a keynote speaker of the 2017 Cattle Producer’s Forum to be held this September 16th at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Montana.Following the announcement, USCA President Kenny Graner stated:“We look forward to having NFU President Roger Johnson join us this year in Billings, Montana. As a third-generation family farmer and fellow North Dakotan, Mr. Johnson speaks from experience and fundamentally understands the challenges producers face in today’s changing industry NFU has been a relentless partner in the effort to reestablish a country-of-origin labeling program and we appreciate all the group has done to advance the interests of U.S. cattle producers nationwide.”NFU President Roger Johnson added:“America’s ranchers are currently stuck in a system that allows for farm prices to plummet while multinational meatpackers reap record profits. For thirty years, we’ve seen this system put thousands of family cattle operations out of business, and it must change or many more independent ranchers will experience the same fate.

USCA members and leaders have been fighting for policies that benefit the American family rancher – policies like Country-of-Origin Labeling, fair trade, and reigning in corporate consolidation. I’m pleased to join them at this year’s Cattle Producer’s Forum. Together, our organizations will work together to reverse the tide for the American men and women who produce the best beef cattle in the world.”Held in conjunction with the 2017 USCA Annual Meeting on September 15th, the Cattle Producer’s Forum serves as an ideal platform with which to have innovative discussions with cattle producers, agricultural leaders and thought-influencers from across the industry. The one-day event will feature panel discussions on: Bull or Bear? Trade Under the New Administration, The Next Big Thing is Already Here: How to Capitalize on a Changing Industry, and much more.A draft agenda and registration information can be found on the meeting website atwww.cattlemensmeeting.com. New speakers are added each week; check back often for updates! Registration is $45 per person online, $50 at the door. Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Big Horn Resort at (406) 839-9300. Mention “U.S. Cattlemen’s Association” for the discounted rate of $109/night. Tickets will be available until we sell out – make sure to reserve your seat at the table today!

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Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to enhancing and expanding the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill.  USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development.  For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org.

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