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WASHINGTON (May 26, 2016) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) testified today during the Senate hearing, “A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace Opportunities and Challenges”. Joe Goggins (Billings, Montana), Vice President Vermilion Ranch Co., Public Auction Yards, Billings Livestock Commission Co., Western Livestock Auction and Northern Livestock Video Auction, testified on behalf of USCA.
Goggins was joined on the hearing panel by Mr. Tracy Brunner, President, National Cattlemen's Beef Association; Mr. Ronald Truex, Chairman, United Egg Producers; Dr. Howard Hill, Past President, National Pork Producers Council; and Mr. John Zimmerman, Producer, National Turkey Federation/Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. The witnesses represented a wide range of voices in the livestock industry and brought unique perspectives from each sector of the supply chain.

WASHINGTON (May 23, 2016) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) will testify this week in the Senate hearing, “A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace Opportunities and Challenges". Joe Goggins, Billings, Montana, will testify on behalf of USCA.

Goggins will join panelists from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Turkey Federation, National Pork Producers Council, and the United Egg Producers.

USCA Director Emeritus Leo McDonnell commented on Goggins’ testimony this week, “Cattle producers will be well represented having Joe Goggins testifying on their behalf. There is a strong legacy here in this family for the values of care for family businesses, community, and country. Also, the knowledge of the diversity in various production sectors that Joe brings is unparalleled.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that access to Taiwan for American lamb was approved. American Sheep Industry Association President Burton Pfliger (N.D.) applauds the announcement as this is the first new export-market access for American lamb in years.

"The sheep industry appreciates the department's efforts in elevating entry for U.S. lamb exports as a market access priority and for making meaningful progress for lamb to move into Taiwan after more than a decade," comments Pfliger. "We also want to acknowledge the years of assistance from the office of the Governor of Idaho in driving this issue with USDA.

"There are companies shipping beef to Taiwan who are anxious to include their lambs cuts in those shipments," continues Pfliger. "Hopefully, the white table cloth restaurants will be interested in our high value cuts, such as lamb racks and loins."

U.S. lamb was collateral damage in several key markets, including Taiwan, following the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in beef in December 2003.

BOZEMAN – A Montana State University professor has created a way for people across the state of Montana and beyond to access photos of an often unseen world.

Robert Peterson, professor in MSU’s Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, has created an online collection of his photos showcasing the insect world of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Peterson hopes the online photobook – which includes more than 120 images taken over a period of 14 years – will be used and appreciated by the public.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Humane Farming Association (HFA) announced the filing of a petition with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack tocease Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) payments to producers who fail to protect their livestock from adverse weather. The Farm Service Agency (FSA)'s LIP provides compensation to livestock producers who incur death losses from inclement weather. Producers receive compensation in the amount of 75 percent of the animals' market value up to $125,000 per year. 

Records obtained by HFA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) revealed that from 2013 through 2015, LIP issued payments of $134,140,346 to farmers and ranchers for animal deaths due primarily to weather-related issues. Total animal deaths included a staggering 202,445 livestock and 2,461,443 poultry.