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From: TSS (pool143-208.dial-u2.hou.wt.net)
Subject: AGRICULTURE SECRETARY ADDRESSES CATTLEMEN insists on trading TSEs aka MAD COW DISEASE with the Globe
Date: February 4, 2005 at 6:20 pm PST

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Subject: AGRICULTURE SECRETARY ADDRESSES CATTLEMEN insists on trading TSEs with the Globe
Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2005 20:21:14 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
CC: cjdvoice@yahoogroups.com


Release No. 0037.05
Contact:
USDA Press Office (202) 720-4623

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY ADDRESSES CATTLEMEN

On February 4, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns traveled to San
Antonio, Texas, to address the 2005 Cattle Industry Annual Convention
and Trade Show. The event marked Johanns' first speech outside
Washington since being sworn in as Secretary of Agriculture on January
21, 2005.

PARTNERSHIPS: "FORCE MULTIPLIERS"

Johanns praised the partnership between the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association and the USDA, calling such relationships "force multipliers"
that allow both groups to do more with less.

TRADE: AN "EIGHT-LANE SUPERHIGHWAY"

Johanns emphasized the importance of restoring markets closed since a
single cow with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered in
Washington State in December 2003.

* In 2003, before the BSE discovery, the total export value of U.S.
beef and ruminant products was $7.5 billion.
* After the discovery, 64 percent of that market was immediately closed.
* Today, well over a third of the closed markets have been reopened,
with 41 percent remaining closed.
* Japan represents nearly half of the dollar value of export markets
that remain closed.
* President Bush, Secretary Johanns and the USDA are dedicated to
reopening the Japanese and other Asian markets to U.S. beef.

Johanns also proclaimed his dedication to an open, deliberative,
science-based process to determine which nations could import beef to
the U.S.

PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2006 BUDGET PROPOSAL

Johanns detailed proposals from the President's Fiscal Year 2006 Budget
that will directly impact the American beef industry. Among the budget
items were:

* $37 million increase to provide more conservation assistance to
help livestock producers develop nutrient-management plans and
comply with environmental regulations.
* By increasing funding for conservation programs that offer
incentives and assistance to landowners, President Bush and USDA
are emphasizing their strong belief that farmers and ranchers are
the best stewards of their own land.
* $10 million increase in the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
to enhance invasive-species prevention, management and restoration
activities.
* Healthy grazing lands are a crucial component of a healthy beef
industry. This funding increase not only will help keep American
beef (and other) cattle safe and healthy, but will do it while
protecting and restoring our environment.
* $144 million increase for the Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative.
* In 2004, USDA announced the creation of the Food and Agriculture
Defense Initiative, which is designed to protect the food supply
against threats, both accidental and intentional.
* By increasing the support for this important initiative, President
Bush and USDA will be able to better protect Americans who depend
on the safety of the food supply, as well as help to increase
consumer confidence, which is vital to the beef industry and all
of American agriculture.
* $34 million increase in funding for the Healthy Forests Initiative.
* In 2004, under the first year of the Healthy Forests Initiative,
USDA and the Department of Interior treated a record 4.2 million
acres of land – a 1.6 million acre increase over the previous year.
* With this additional funding, the President has sustained and
expanded his commitment to healthy forestland.
* $7.3 million increase in funding for research of BSE, a 155
percent increase over FY2005.
* Broadening our understanding of BSE is one of our greatest
defenses. This funding increase will help USDA expand its study of
the disease and the best ways to protect our food supply.


http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/02/0037.xml

TSS






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