R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard is fl anked on the left by Dan DiMicco, Chairman Emeritus of
Nucor Steel, Author of American Made: Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness, and
Chairman of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA). Michael Stumo, CEO of the CPA is
on the right. Bullard serves on the Board of the CPA.
I will leave you with one fi nal
thought: Individual contributions
matter. Finding time to show up to
your local cattlemen’s meeting or
write your elected offi cials can be a
serious challenge. Family and ranch
obligations already demand our time.
But if we do not take the time to stay
involved in advocacy efforts, who will?
Plenty of people have the cattle
industry in the crosshairs. Now is not
the time to sit back or pass the buck.
In 2019, NCBA will remain focused
on enhancing the business climate
for cattle producers. Consistent
engagement from grassroots supporters
will mark the difference between
success and failure.
2018 Update and a
Glimpse into 2019
R-CALF USA’s membership has
grown to over 5,000 cattle and sheep
producers in 42 states. Cattlemen
realize that a battle is waging within
the U.S. beef supply chain over who
will control the supply chain’s live
R-CALF USA requested a congressional
investigation into the market
failure that occurred when the JBS
plant in Souderton, PA, temporarily
closed, allowing Cargill to purchase
cull cows below competitive prices
because it was the only meaningful
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