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Is R-CALF Dead?
— by Lee Pitts

If you read some cattle publications you may be under the impression that R-Calf USA is deader than a can of corned beef. The obituaries for the 7-year-old cattlemen’s organization, largely responsible for keeping the Canadian border closed long enough for ranchers to enjoy their best years ever, have been quite flowery:

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Reading Between the Lines
— by Lee Pitts

On his way out the door to take a job with the Cowboy Hall of Fame, former NCBA CEO, Chuck Schroeder, had this to say to the NCBA leadership gathered in Denver:

"While some ill-intentioned, ill-informed, vile spirited political junk merchants attacked the beef checkoff, while they attacked the NCBA and, of even greater concern to me, they attacked the honorable men and women who lead this organization, while they stoop to any level of chicanery and untruth to smear our reputation and mislead others about who we are and what we do, while people with their own barrels of ink spew that poison, the most popular President of the United States in modern history, the First Lady, the Secretary of Agriculture, several leading elected officials from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, and by the way, the governor of our own state, showed up at your house yesterday to say that "We are with you, we are with you."

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Koreans Seek To Expand COOL

Amid revelations Chinese beef has been processed in poor hygienic conditions, South Korean lawmakers are seeking legislation to strengthen the consumers´ right to know by expanding the place-of-origin requirement on imported beef.

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House Ag Chairman Forces Compromise On COOL

COOL Rule Changes May Be Written Into Law

Just before the House Agriculture Committee finished marking up the 2007 farm bill on July 19, Agriculture Chairman Peterson called his committee into executive session to say that the meat industry had agreed to resolve one of the longest-running disputes in American agriculture: implementation of the 2002 law requiring country-of-origin labeling for red meat (COOL) at the final point of retail sale.

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AMI Misleads Congress, Consumers on COOL

In a recent letter to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., from the American Meat Institute (AMI), AMI makes several decisively false claims about country-of-origin labeling, a law established in the 2002 Farm Bill that has yet to be implemented because of political pressure by multinational packers, processors and retailers. R-CALF USA, in turn, sent a letter to DeLauro and Kohl to counter AMI’s false claims.

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