USA has issued a statement that USDA officials "have made a commitment to ensure that the law is enforced and interpreted exactly as it is written."
In July 2009, GIPSA responded to R-CALF
USA's complaint and indicated an investigation would proceed into the allegations of anticompetitive practices.
filed countervailing duty and anti-dumping suits against Canadian imports of live cattle in the same year, the Alberta Cattle Commission had to spend $5 million to successfully contest them.
It planned to reopen the border in 2005 to imports of Canadian cattle, but R-CALF
obtained a temporary injunction from a federal court in Montana.
Meanwhile, the R-CALF
request for an investigation of imports of Mexican cattle could face difficulties because of a lack of support from a major industry group.
"Where else but in a monopoly controlled market can a corporation infringe on the private property rights of independent farmers and ranchers to extract valuable marketing information without having to pay a dime?" asked R-CALF
USA CEO Bill Bullard.
On the other side, the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund-United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF
USA) objected to language that would discount the use of branding as an official means of identifying and tracking cattle.
The brief urges the continuation of cattle and beef trade with Canada, noting that none of R-CALF
's dire predictions about reopening the border have come true.
urges USDA to tighten restrictions on imports of Canadian cattle, beef: Responding to recent reports that Canada has discovered another cow that had contracted BSE (also known as mad cow disease), the organization R-CALF
USA joined 75 other organizations to request that USDA tighten import requirements for Canadian cattle and beef entering the United States.
During a news conference, the group, which was organized by R-CALF
, said that under the project, cattle producers who pay the CCMP 50 cents per head will be able to join the initiative and label their products with the "USA Raised Beef" logo.
The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-Calf
) is urging the Obama administration to continue its defense of country of origin labeling for meat and meat products.
District Court Judge Richard Cebull in Billings, Montana, at the request of Ranchers-Cattlemen Legal Action Fund (R-CALF