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From: TSS ()
Date: April 20, 2005 at 10:33 am PST

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Subject: NCBA Update on 11-Point Directive on Reopening the Canadian Border to Live Cattle
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 20:56:44 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

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NCBA Update on 11-Point Directive on Reopening the Canadian Border to
Live Cattle

At the Cattle Industry's Annual Convention in San Antonio, NCBA members
passed an 11-point directive on the reopening of the Canadian border to
live cattle. Accomplishing all 11 points is top priority for NCBA. Our
volunteer leaders have made numerous visits to Washington D.C. since
early February, we have dedicated three full-time staffers in our
Washington, D.C. office as well as additional staff in the Denver office
to work tirelessly on this directive. NCBA is aware of the importance
of this issue. In an effort to keep all members up to date on the
progress of this directive, we will be providing an update on each of
the 11 points through Member eUpdates. Please look for future pieces to
follow in subsequent eUpdates until all 11 points have been addressed.

Point 6: Ban the use of fetal bovine serum from heifers imported for
immediate slaughter.

Status: Fetuses found in imported Canadian heifers at slaughter will be
treated as an "illegal import" meaning it must be destroyed and disposed
of by incineration, landfill, or digester. This announcement was made
during a conference call held by USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service (APHIS) with industry stakeholders on February 22, 2005.

Analysis: All imported Canadian animals will need to be certified they
are not pregnant; a certificate saying they are spayed is one way to
certify they are not pregnant. APHIS stated that if a pregnant heifer
did make its way into the country, the fetus would be treated as an
"illegal import," meaning it must be destroyed and disposed of by
incineration, landfill, or digester.

Bottom Line: The use of fetal bovine serum from imported heifers is banned.

NCBA to Hold Satellite Forum on Canadian Trade Issues

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) will hold a Satellite
Forum on RFD-TV on Thursday, April 21 from 10 to 11 p.m. Eastern Time (9
p.m. CT, 8 p.m. MT, 7 p.m. PT), to update cattlemen on recent NCBA
actions and international trade developments, including trade with Canada.

NCBA President Jim McAdams, a cattleman from Adkins, Texas,
International Markets Committee Chairman Jamie Willrett, a cattleman
from Malta, Ill., and Dr. Gary Weber, NCBA Executive Director of
Regulatory Affairs, will comprise the panel discussing trade with Canada
and other nations in the post-BSE global market. NCBA will share
information and take questions and comments from viewers.

The 60-minute Satellite Forum will broadcast live on RFD-TV, which
reaches more than 26 million homes. This is the seventh Satellite Forum
that NCBA has held to communicate with cattlemen on important issues
facing the industry. Cattlemen from around the nation may call in to a
telephone number provided on-screen to speak to the NCBA representatives.

The live RFD-TV broadcast may be viewed on:

DISH Network Satellite Channel 9409
DirecTV Satellite Channel 379
MediaCom Cable Systems, Check Local Listings
NCTC Cable Systems, Check Local Listings

Repeats of the program will air on RFD-TV on Friday, April 22 at 7 a.m.
ET and 1 p.m. ET, as well as Sunday, April 24 at 6 p.m. ET.

During the initial live broadcast, NCBA staff will also be standing by
to take calls for information about NCBA initiatives and membership.
The NCBA membership toll-free number is 1-866-BEEF-USA.

Johanns Addresses NCBA Members on Importance of Trade
Ag Secretary Commends Cattlemen for "Looking to the Horizon"

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns addressed members of the
National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) this morning, focusing most
of his remarks on the importance of expanding exports and international
trade. About 300 NCBA members are in Washington, D.C., for the Cattle
Industry Spring Conference on Capitol Hill.

Johanns praised NCBA members for their support of aggressive
international trade policies, even in the face of criticism from others
in the industry.

"You have truly led the way," Johanns said. "You probably take an arrow
in your back from time to time - but you are looking to the horizon, and
building a future for your industry."

Johanns cited estimates that 27 percent of U.S. agricultural income
results from exports. With 96 percent of the world's population residing
outside of the United States, he said that exports are no longer a
luxury, but rather an absolutely essential element of producer

"If you operated a business and I told you I wanted to implement
policies that would jeopardize 27 percent of your gross receipts, you
would probably want to run me out of town - and maybe even out of the
country," he said.

During a question and answer session with NCBA members, Utah Cattlemen's
Association President Monty Weston of Randolph, Utah, thanked Johanns
for his commitment to international trade. Weston urged Johanns to
re-open the Canadian border to live cattle as quickly as possible, to
help ensure competition in the packing industry and availability of
processing for all cattle producers.

"We've got a packing plant in Hyrum, Utah, that had to cut back to three
days per week, and we're afraid that it might close completely," Weston

Johanns then asked Weston what the alternative destination would be for
his cattle, if the Utah plant was forced to close.

"Our only option would be to send them back East," Weston replied. "The
closest plant might be Greeley, Colo. That's a pretty big freight bill."

Johanns said Weston's example clearly illustrates the damaging impact
that can result when groups try to obstruct international trade.

He was also asked how soon producers could expect to see key exports
markets re-open, such as Japan and South Korea.

"I hope to get back to normalization with all of our key trading
partners by year's end. Unfortunately, we are tied up in litigation by
those who simply do not support trade," Johanns said. "But I'm not
letting up - I'm not going away. I am going to remain absolutely focused
on this effort to normalize trade and re-open export markets for U.S. beef."

Johanns also thanked NCBA members for their support of the Central
American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which faces a Congressional vote
later this year. He said that U.S. producers frequently ask him for help
in leveling the playing field on trade, so they can better compete in
the global marketplace. He said CAFTA does just that, by eliminating
prohibitive tariffs that prevent U.S. products from reaching CAFTA
nations. Meanwhile, most imports from these countries face no tariffs

Besides achieving greater exports of U.S. beef to CAFTA nations, Johanns
said U.S. actions on CAFTA also set a tone for trade with all global

"If we walk away and don't get CAFTA passed, the consequences will be
disastrous," he said. "That will do irreparable harm to other
negotiations. Who will want to negotiate in good faith with us, if we
turn our back on CAFTA?"

NCBA Spring Conference Highlights

Hundreds of U.S. cattle producers from across the nation took over
Washington D.C. last week for NCBA's annual 2005 Spring Conference,
April 13-16. Attendees walked the halls of the Capitol buildings,
shared thoughts with top policymakers, met face-to-face with key
Congressional offices and government agencies, and filled Congressional
steps with hats and boots - with voices being heard loud and clear. Here
is a look at some of the key issues and happenings from the week.

Impressive Speakers Address Members: All visiting NCBA members visited
USDA for a closed-door briefing with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike
Johanns. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) addressed
NCBA members, during a legislative briefing and discussed the political
agenda for agriculture this spring. Attendees had the chance for an
open forum question-and-answer session, where issues from trade to
animal ID were discussed. Chambliss reiterated the importance of hearing
from real-live ranchers and thanked NCBA members for their dedicated
involvement in the agriculture policy arena. In addition, Rep. Robin
Hayes (R-NC) and Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) addressed NCBA's Executive
Committee during their lunch meeting and discussed current policy issues
with NCBA leadership.

The Public Lands Council Spring Meetings were held inconjunction with
the Conference and PLC members met one-on-one with many members of
Congress and high-level government officials. Among them were
Department of Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Senators Larry Craig
(R-ID), Conrad Burns (R-MT), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), and House Resources
Committee Chair Richard Pombo (R-CA).

NCBA Invited to Oval Office: NCBA Leaders tipped their hats to
President Bush in the White House's Oval Office on Thursday and
presented him with a sand-colored beaver cowboy hat, in thanks for his
unwavering support for America's cattle producers. NCBA President Jim
McAdams (TX cattleman), President-Elect Mike John (MO cattleman), Vice
President John Queen (NC cattleman), along with CEO Terry Stokes, Vice
President of Government Affairs Jay Truitt and Executive Director of
Government Affairs Bryan Dierlam joined the President for a rare Oval
Office meeting.

NCBA, who supported the president's re-election campaign, had the cowboy
hat made as an Inauguration gift this January. But due to scheduling,
an Inauguration-Week presentation wasn't possible, so we decided to make
the presentation during NCBA's Spring Conference. Also part of the NCBA
delegation were Trent and Melissa Johnson of Greeley Hat Works in
Greeley, Colorado, who made the president's cowboy hat. Johnson says
the president's hat is truly one-of-a-kind with a solid-gold "W" etched
on a custom silver buckle and featuring Bush's name embroidered on the
inside of a multi-colored sweatband. In addition, the hat came in a
special customized navy-blue hatbox with the presidential seal and a
light gray felt liner.

NCBA Officers Hold D.C. Media Briefing: NCBA staff and officers hosted
a special Spring Conference briefing for media, which brought swarms of
reporters live and via conference call asking detailed questions about
trade negotiations, BSE, and cattle industry priorities for the 109th
Congress. On behalf of cattle producers across the nation, NCBA
officers Jim McAdams, Mike John, and John Queen, took questions
regarding the cattle industry's position on Japanese and Canadian trade,
animal ID, country-of-origin labeling, death tax, conservation programs,
ESA reform, and BSE firewalls.

House Passes Death Tax Repeal: America's cattlemen are thanking members
of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted "YES" on H.R. 8, the
Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005. Introduced in February by Rep.
Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) and Rep. Bud Cramer (D-AL), the legislation calls
for full permanent repeal of the Death Tax. The bill passed the House by
a vote of 272-162. The Death Tax hits with a devastating blow of up to
55 percent in taxes on the entire operation when a family member dies.
In an asset-rich and cash-poor business like ranching, the appraised
value of rural land is extremely inflated when compared to its
agricultural value. Many cattle producers are forced to sell off land,
parts of the operation, or the entire ranch to pay off tax liabilities.
Votes are expected in the fall on legislation in the Senate, S. 420,
introduced by Sen. Jon Kyle (R-AZ). NCBA will continue its support of
these effor! ts to fully repeal the Death Tax.

Ag Groups Rally for CAFTA Passage: Leaders in agriculture from around
the nation joined U.S. Agriculture Secretary Johanns on April 11 to
support passage of the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade
Agreement (CAFTA-DR). Participants represented a broad coalition of more
than 50 organizations strongly committed to passage of the agreement,
including the NCBA. Also, the Senate Finance Committee hosted a hearing
on the CAFTA-DR trade agreement on Wednesday, April 13. The House Ways
& Means Committee will host a hearing on April 21. NCBA strongly urges
all members to contact their member of Congress and push for final
passage of this win-win agreement for U.S. beef. For information on how
to help with this effort, or to get more information including fact
sheets, and analyses on how the CAFTA-DR impacts cattlemen, visit NCBA's
web site at, or ! go to the Office of the U.S.
Trade Representative online at and
click on the CAFTA-DR Briefing Book.

PLC Members Testify on Grazing Challenges: The House Resources
Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health held an oversight hearing on
Management Challenges for Grazing and Range Conservation in the Forest
Service and Bureau of Land Management. PLC President Mike Byrne (CA
cattleman), Bob Skinner (OR cattleman) and Jim Chilton (AZ cattleman)
all testified. Testimony highlighted challenges being faced by today's
ranchers such as Endangered Species Act reform, use of vacant grazing
allotments, and our opposition to grazing permit buyout programs. For
more information, go to the committee's web site at:

Cattlemen Address Unresolved Issues with USDA: Producers are still
seeking answers from USDA to a number of outstanding questions regarding
BSE and trade issues. We sent a letter on, April 14, to Secretary Mike
Johanns, stating that the following issues must be addressed to protect
and enhance the business climate for U.S. cattlemen and further increase
the demand for beef in the United States. These issues include:

1. Protocol for announcing BSE test results
2. Future of USDA's enhanced BSE surveillance program
3. Attaining OIE's "Provisionally Free" status for the U.S.
4. Canada's Anaplasmosis and Blue Tongue restrictions
5. Resuming trade of imports vs. exports
6. USDA grade stamps on imports
7. Animal identification

Specifically, NCBA is asking for:

1. Clarification on USDA protocol for release and management of
information associated with inconclusive test results for BSE.
We previously expressed concern with the department's protocol in
November 2004 when speculation surrounding an inconclusive test result
caused unnecessary volatility in the market.

2. USDA's plan of action for the enhanced BSE surveillance program.
Since its June 2004 inception date, USDA has completed surveillance on
314,394 head of cattle under the program. We believe the principal
goals of the program have now been met and a more reasonable level of
testing should be resumed.

3. Report on USDA's effort to seek the "provisionally free" status for
the U.S. from the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE).
In March, we requested that in light of the current volume of cattle
tested under the enhanced surveillance program, USDA seek the
"provisionally free" designation for the U.S. This would facilitate the
reopening of many of our export markets and enhance consumer confidence
in the safety of U.S. beef.

4. Increased attention be paid to resolving the issue of Canada's
restrictions on U.S. cattle due to Anaplasmosis and Blue Tongue
requirements, especially in regards to breeding cattle.
These non science-based trade barriers have existed for more than two
decades without resolution, and we are asking USDA to "bring the full
weight of your office to resolving this issue.and ensure that these
rules do not become entangled in political or regulatory rifts on either
side of the border."

5. Resumption of exports of products and animals from the U.S. be the
department's first priority.
There is a perception among cattlemen that USDA is quick to resolve
issues raised by other countries, yet slow to ensure that U.S. producers
have appropriate access to the world marketplace. U.S. producers need
to be first priority.

6. Consideration by the USDA of all possible options toward resolution
of producer concerns over the use of the USDA Grade Stamp on imported
meat and animals.
Our 11-point directive calls for the resolution of a list of conditions
before trade with Canada is resumed. This list includes "USDA grades
and stamps not be allowed on any imported beef product."

While Article 3 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and
subsequent agreements prohibit the disallowing of USDA grade stamps on
imports, NCBA is asking that USDA recommend legislative action or
regulatory changes that do not interfere with our international commitments.

7. In development of a national animal identification system, focus the
efforts of USDA staff on allocation of premises identification and allow
the industry to manage producers' animal ID information to meet our
nation's animal health requirements.
NCBA members continue to be concerned that USDA's desire to develop a
national animal identification program fails to consider the use and
value of a cooperative working relationship with private industry. NCBA
policy prevents us from supporting government-owned and -managed
databases for animal movement that have the potential to expose
confidential business information to others.

*The following is a reprint of a letter to the editor by Gary Voogt,
Michigan cattleman, appearing in Cow-Calf Weekly, April 18, 2005

R-CALF Hasn't Learned The Lessons Of History

The R-CALF folks have been called stupid, arrogant, selfish and outright
greedy in most of the farm press. Let me add, "slow learners from history."

Border-state Michigan now has the nation's highest unemployment rate due
to major losses in automotive jobs. Here is why it happened:

The car people mistakenly thought "Made in the USA" would overcome all
else, even union wage price cars and rust-bucket quality. Hello, Toyota.
And, with our big old steel mills and excess capacity car plants, a car
company would not want to build a car in Mexico or Canada or Japan or
Yugoslavia, would they? They did.

R-CALF, you are about to learn a history lesson. In doing so, you will
go down in history as having destroyed part of the future of beef
production in this country. What a legacy for your grandchildren. You
are selling their future for a couple of short-term bucks per cwt. ...END


NOW that's what i call science based 'bull sh!t encephalopathy' or
BSeee for short. not a lick of science in it, all commodities and futures.

> R-CALF, you are about to learn a history lesson. In doing so, you will
> go down in history as having destroyed part of the future of beef
> production in this country

NOPE, it's the bush administration and his stupid BSE MRR policy
that will open all borders to all strains of TSE simply for a buck, and
the stupid factory farmers that follow this insane BSE MRR policy will
pay for decades to come.

> 3. Report on USDA's effort to seek the "provisionally free" status
> for the U.S. from the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE).
> In March, we requested that in light of the current volume of cattle
> tested under the enhanced surveillance program, USDA seek the
> "provisionally free" designation for the U.S. This would facilitate
> the reopening of many of our export markets and enhance consumer
> confidence in the safety of U.S. beef.

provisionally free my hind end. heck yea, the USA will be 'provisionally
free' as long as they keep rendering there stumbling and staggering
suspect BSE cows and or testing with testing methods and protocols
that are pre-historic. like i said, lawless renegades and there sacred



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