“Perhaps the Secretary of Agriculture didn’t get the memo about draining the swamp,” stated Bill Bullard, who heads the independent organization R-CALF USA. R-CALF, along with other organizations, are keeping an eye on the issue of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).
Restoring COOL was originally part of the Trump Administration’s 100-day plan. Now, almost a year into the Trump presidency, the corporate interests advising on its agriculture and trade policies are fulfilling their commitment to making COOL “dead as a doornail,” according to Bullard. Listen to his comments here:
In addition to being a well-known animal scientist, educator and agriculture advocate, Butte County’s Dave Daley is primarily a rancher. Dave Daley was elected to serve a two-year term as California Cattlemen’s Association President in Sparks, Nev. at the 100th CCA & CCW Annual Convention.
Daley runs the family ranch near Oroville alongside his children, Kyle, Kate, and Rob, who are all passionate about the family business. Daley is also a professor of animal science and associate dean of the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico, where he has been influential in the lives of up-and-coming young cattlemen throughout the state.
The Trump Administration recently appointed Aubrey Bettencourt as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA California Farm Service Agency (FSA). Bettencourt joined the California FSA team last month
Bettencourt most recently held the position of executive director of the California Water Alliance, a position she assumed in 2009. In this role, she worked to protect California’s water for health & security needs of families, farms and the environment. Additionally, she manages Bettencourt Farms and oversees the business operation including water and land management.
Mark Morgan of Clarksville, Arkansas raises beef cattle, turkeys and peaches in partnership with his dad, Steve Morgan. He was recognized as state winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.
Morgan tells us about his diversified operation and the rewards and challenges the farm has faced this past year.
Since 1968, the Public Lands Council (PLC) has actively represented the cattle and sheep producers who hold public lands grazing permits. The PLC advocates for these western ranchers who preserve our nation’s natural resources while providing vital food and fiber to the nation and the world. Today, more than 22,000 public land ranchers maintain 250 million acres of U.S. public land.
Tanner Beymer is the Manager of Operations and Affiliate Outreach for the Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federal Lands.