FEEDING & MARKETING COMMITTEE
13-Resolution passed in 2013
12-Resolution passed in 2012
11-Resolution passed in 2011
COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN LABELING - 13 (FM)
WHEREAS, NDSA standing policy states that it believes in the fundamentals of free enterprise and in the free marketplace as the first choice of economic concepts.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports labeling of U.S. beef through the channels of free enterprise and entrepreneurship rather than a government-mandated COOL program, which ultimately diminishes the free market economic concept.
BEEF RECALL - 12 (FM)
WHEREAS, the cattle industry is dependent upon the acceptance of its product by consumers worldwide; and
WHEREAS, the vast majority of cow/calf producers, stockers and feeders are adamant in their quest for a wholesome and safe product; and
WHEREAS, the packers, wholesalers and retailers are also dependent upon the same high standards for their continuing existence and financial well-being; and
WHEREAS, nowhere else in the world do consumers have the quality, abundant and affordable beef products at their disposal as they do in the United States.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA urges the Secretary of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and all other agencies that are in direct contact with the beef industry to use caution, common-sense and science when dealing with such matters due to the fact that the news media have a tendency to overstate and sensationalize.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA urges the Cattlemen’s Beef Board to further educate the consumer on proper care and preparation of beef products for the sake of consumers and producers alike.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA opposes any bill to allow the Secretary of Agriculture or federal agency to recall product arbitrarily.
EXPORTS - 12 (FM)
WHEREAS, the NDSA recognizes the necessity of increased beef and beef product exports.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s efforts to effectively organize all organizations and government agencies involved in foreign market development to provide a united, well-developed and aggressive foreign trade effort, with the goal of a positive balance of trade with all nations.
horse harvest - 12 (fm)
WHEREAS, federal legislation has been proposed to ban horse harvest and the transportation of horses for harvest.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the humane harvest of horses for domestic use and/or export.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the sale and/or transportation of horses for harvest and the export of horses and horse products.
MEAT INSPECTION - IMPORTED MEAT - 12 (FM)
WHEREAS, standards of meat inspection in foreign plants exporting meat to the United States are required by law to be the same as United States meat inspection standards.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports holding all imported meats to the same production, slaughter, processing and transportation standards as domestically produced product.
COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN LABELING - 12 (FM)
WHEREAS, origin is defined as country where the product was born, raised and processed; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports country-of-origin labeling (COOL), which would require that cattle be born, fed and processed in the United States in order to receive the United States grade stamp.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA urges the U.S. Department of Agriculture and elected officials to work toward implementing COOL in the most efficient, most accurate, least expensive and least burdensome way for the benefit of United States beef producers and consumers. All live cattle imported to the United States must be branded and/or ID’d as to country of origin. When all imports are thus identified, the balance of all cattle slaughtered in the United States will be assumed to be United States product.
FINANCING FOR CATTLE FEEDING - 11 (FM)
WHEREAS, the cattle feeding industry in North Dakota adds value to North Dakota crops and agricultural co-products and adds value to weaned calves; and
WHEREAS, cattle feeding stimulates the local economy in supporting services of veterinary, transportation, marketing, banking, machinery and other input providers; and
WHEREAS, terminal slaughter markets are available within the surrounding region; and
WHEREAS, cattle values and cattle feeding costs have increased substantially and capital availability has not kept pace.
BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA encourages the legislature, the Bank of North Dakota and other lending agencies to assist the business of cattle feeding through easier access to capital, including lower equity requirements and competitive interest rates.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, a program be developed by the legislature and the Bank of North Dakota to provide a loan-guarantee program for lending agencies to support cattle feeders. The guarantee program would be used to provide a reasonable level of risk reduction for local lenders and be used for the purchase of cattle for feeding. The intent is to create a simple loan guarantee program for the purchase of cattle for purpose of feeding that local banks or lending institutions can use to help meet the capital requirements of feeding cattle.
FOREIGN CATTLE IMPORTS - 11 (FM)
WHEREAS, infectious diseases carried by livestock or meat imported from other countries could be devastating to the U.S. beef cattle industry; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. government continues to pursue trade agreements with some of these countries.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA opposes the importation of cattle and meat from countries with an infectious disease until the possibility of infecting U.S. livestock or humans is negligible as determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, any disease traced back to these imports be the full responsibility and liability of the country of origin.