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Rally in Klamath Falls today!

Agriculture

Support farmers and ranchers at the Klamath Co. Fairgrounds

July 1, 2013

9 a.m.

 

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Help defeat CA gun banning bills

2nd Amendment rights

The   California Rifle & Pistol Association has asked for our help to defeat   the latest attacks on our gun rights that we all face in that state.  

BE PROACTIVE AND GET INVOLVED. ACT NOW!

HELP CRPA AND CCRKBA STOP THESE ANTI-GUN BILLS

The following bills   are set for hearing on July 1 and 2. We all need your help to stop   these California anti-gun bills.

Don’t forget to spread   the word to fellow firearms owners and sportsmen; SHARE THIS ALERT with   anyone who can help our cause. MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD AT THE STATE   CAPITOL. Call, email and/or write.

Please contact members   of the Senate Appropriations Committee listed below.

  • Be        professional and courteous

  • Be        concise

  • State        what the issue is

  • State        your concerns

  • State        what action you are requesting

IMPORTANT NOTE: You may find that some Legislative Members try to reject your   contacts if you are not from their district. Sometimes legislator’s websites   require that you enter a local zip code in order to email their office.   Please don’t be deterred by their attempts to silence you! Let them know that   you have the right to contact them and that you will continue to contact them   when there is a Second Amendment or hunting rights issue pending before the   legislature. IT IS A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD –   DON’T BE SILENCED!

OPPOSE AB 169

HEARING: JULY 1, 2013

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

 

Contact information for members of the Senate   Appropriations Committee is provided below.

AB 169 (Dickinson, D)   Unsafe Handguns. OPPOSE.

AB 169 proposes to limit   private party transfers/consignments of non-rostered, used handguns. The bill   would limit individuals to selling/consigning a maximum of two used handguns   per calendar year. There are millions of handguns in the possession of   law-abiding Californians that would be impacted by this bill.

Senate Appropriations   Committee Members

Senator Kevin de León   (Chair)

senator.deleon@senate.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4022
Fax: (916) 327-8817


Senator Mimi Walters (Vice Chair)

senator.walters@sen.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4037
Fax: (916) 445-9754


Senator Ted Gaines

senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4001
Fax: (916) 324-2680


Senator Jerry Hill

senator.hill@senate.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4013
Fax: (916) 324-0283

Senator Ricardo Lara

senator.lara@senate.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4033
Fax: (916)-327-9113


Senator Alex Padilla

senator.padilla@sen.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4020
Fax: (916) 324-6645


Senator Darrell Steinberg

senator.steinberg@senate.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4006
Fax: (916) 323-2263

OPPOSE SB 53, SB 108, SB 293, SB 755

HEARING: JULY 2, 2013

ASSEMBLY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

(The following bills have   passed the Senate and are now in the Assembly Public Safety Committee).   Contact information for members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee is   provided below.

SB 53 (de Leon, D)   Ammunition: purchase permits. OPPOSE

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SB 53 proposes to   require purchasers to obtain an annual permit, issued by the Department of   Justice, to purchase ammunition and limit purchases to face-to-face   transactions, banning mail order and internet sales of ammunition. SB 53 is   unnecessary legislation. SB 53 will not reduce crime or stop criminals from   obtaining ammunition. It is already a crime for a prohibited person to   possess or purchase ammunition. Criminals simply steal ammunition or obtain   ammunition from other individuals through straw purchases.

SB 108 (Yee, D) Firearms:   residential storage. OPPOSE.

SB 108 proposes that   firearms owners abide by mandatory firearms storage requirements in their   residence when they are outside of or away from their residence; safe storage   includes a gun safe or a trigger locking device. Violators would be subject   to citation or arrest. There are already adequate laws on the books relating   to the storage of firearms.

SB 293 (DeSaulnnier,   D) Firearms: owner-authorized handguns. OPPOSE.

SB 293 proposes to   require any new handguns sold in California to be equipped with owner   recognition technology. This bill interferes with your right to choose the   type of handgun you want to own. Firearms owners and purchasers should be   given the free-market choice of whether or not they want to own a hand gun   equipped with owner-authorized technology.

In violation of the   Heller and McDonald rulings, SB 293 oversteps the state’s authority and   interferes with gun owners’ rights to choose the type of handgun they want to   own and use.

SB 755 (Wolk, D)   Firearms: prohibited persons. OPPOSE.

SB 755 proposes   to expand the list of misdemeanor convictions prohibiting firearms possession   to include persons driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and   public intoxication. SB 755 fails to show a clear nexus between misuse of   firearms and expanding the list of misdemeanors to include such crimes such   as driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and public   intoxication. Someone guilty of driving under the influence or public   intoxication has not demonstrated a misuse of firearms or committed an act of   violence.

Assembly Public Safety   Committee Members

Assemblyman Tom   Ammiano (Chair)

assemblymember.ammiano@assembly.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 319-2017
Fax: (916) 319-2117


Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez (Vice Chair)

assemblymember.melendez@assembly.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 319-2067
Fax: (916) 319-2167


Assemblyman Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer, Sr.

assemblymember.jones-sawyer@asm.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 319-2059
Fax: (916) 319-2159


Assemblywoman Holly J. Mitchell

assemblymember.mitchell@assembly.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 319-2054
Fax: (916) 319-2154

Assemblyman Bill Quirk

assemblymember.quirk@assembly.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 319-2020
Fax: (916) 319-2120


Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner

assemblymember.skinner@assembly.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 319-2015
Fax: (916) 319-2115


Assemblywoman Marie Waldron

assemblymember.waldron@assembly.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 319-2075
Fax: (916) 319-2175

OPPOSE AB 48

HEARING: JULY 2, 2013

SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

 

(The following bill has passed the Assembly   and is now in the Senate Public Safety Committee). Contact information for   members of the Senate Public Safety Committee is provided below.

AB 48 (Skinner, D)   Firearms: ammunition: sales. OPPOSE.

 

AB 48 proposes   ammunition registration, including notification to local law enforcement if a   person purchases more than 3,000 rounds within a five-day period. AB 48 also   proposes to ban high-capacity magazines and kits that hold more than 10   rounds. AB 48 serves no legitimate purpose; it is already against the law for   prohibited persons to purchase or possess ammunition.

Senate Public Safety   Committee Members

Senator Loni Hancock   (Chair)

senator.hancock@sen.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4009
Fax: (916) 327-1997

Senator Joel Anderson

senator.anderson@senate.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4036
Fax: (916) 447-9008

Senator Marty Block
senator.block@senate.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4039
Fax: (916) 327-2188

Senator Kevin de León   (Chair)

senator.deleon@senate.ca.gov

Phone: (916) 651-4022

Fax: (916) 327-8817

Steve Knight –   Republican
senator.knight@senate.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4021
Fax: (916) 324-7543

Senator Carol Liu –   Democrat
senator.liu@sen.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4025
Fax: (916) 445-3712


Senator Darrell Steinberg

senator.steinberg@senate.ca.gov

Phone: (916) 651-4006

Fax: (916) 323-2263

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News from Congressman Tom McClintock on an ESA specie

CA. Congressman Tom McClintock, Endangered Species Act

Yellow-Legged Frog and Yosemite Toad Proposed Designation Comment Extension Request

Congressman McClintock, along with seven Congressional colleagues, have asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a 90 day extension to the public comment period on the proposal to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered species, and the Yosemite toad as a threatened species.  The listing proposal, if enacted, will impact over two million acres of private, state, and federal land.

The comment period extension would serve to ensure that public input is maximized, and that the effects of this proposal are fully understood.  Letter text:

“We write regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered species, the Yosemite toad as a threatened species, and designate critical habitat of these species.  We request you extend the comment period by no less than 90 days to ensure that public input is maximized and the effects of this proposal are fully understood.

“These listings and the associated critical habitat will impact over two million acres of private, state, and federal land.  Critical habitat designations will likely cause severe restrictions on land access and could limit or forbid activities such as grazing, trout stocking, logging, mining, and recreational use resulting in a devastating impact on the local economy.” 

Click here to read the full letter. 

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Utah gun-rights group plans nation’s first ‘open carry’ run

2nd Amendment rights

 

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY –  Running with scissors is generally considered a risky endeavor, but one group of Utah residents says running with a gun isn’t.

Organizers of the “Run 4 Guns” planned for this fall in Spanish Fork, Utah, are touting the event as the nation’s first open carry run.

The group is inviting runners to bring not only their tennis shoes and water bottles, but their gun holsters, as well.

Organizer Macgregor Whiting of Mapleton said the September 5K race, which was first reported by Salt Lake City Weekly, aims to celebrate Second Amendment rights and show that gun owners are responsible, normal people. In addition to the 3.1 mile race, they’ll have a half-mile “armed dash.”

Proceeds from the event will go toward victims of gun violence, Whiting said.

“Our purpose is to create more awareness and to make a difference,” Whiting said Friday. “We want gun owners and the right to bear arms to be seen in a true light and to be respected. And we also want to show our concern, and show that we, as citizens, we value giving back and making a difference in our community.”

Whiting said it’s frustrating that most of the channels to give back to victims of gun violence are organizations that promote gun-control policies. According to the race website, run4guns.com, organizers are seeking a charity to give the money to and may end up directly giving the proceeds to individual victims of gun violence.

Gary Sackett with Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah says the event sends the wrong message and could lead to an accidental shooting.

“Raising money for victims of violence of any kind is a worthy cause and should be supported,” Sackett said. “As to the necessity or even the symbolism of strapping on your guns to do so, seems to us to be at best, sophomoric and juvenile.”

Sackett said that if people are running around with firearms that contain ammunition, it’s “just asking for trouble. And there’s no particular point to it.”

Whiting said people who say the event is a dangerous or unsafe idea have limited knowledge of and experience with firearms.

Second Amendment activists “are so often painted as extreme and insensitive,” Whiting said, and if enough people show up for the cause and demonstrate that they’re not misusing the weapons, it will dispel that idea.

Participants in the race will be asked to secure their guns in a holster or zip tie the weapon so it’s disabled and the trigger cannot be pulled.

The Spanish Fork Police Department said no one was available Friday to comment on the run or on any concerns about the safety of the event. Spanish Fork Mayor G. Wayne Andersen did not return a message seeking comment.

Dave Larsen, manager of Doug’s Shoot N’ Sports in Taylorsville and a former police officer who spent more than 10 years as a certified firearms instructor, said if organizers are checking weapons and ensuring that they’re in a holster or zip tied, there shouldn’t be a safety issue.

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/30/utah-gun-rights-group-plans-open-carry-5k/?intcmp=obnetwork#ixzz2XkUWu4YD

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Yreka Tea Party Patriots meet July 2

TEA Party

Meeting for Tuesday, July 2nd   6:30PM

Decision Life Church Corner of Main and Oberlin…1301 South Main St. Yreka

Program: Video “Genealogy of the Constitution” by Kris Anne Hall – the 700 year history and five foundational documents that are the very roots of American Liberty.    Not the 5000 year leap, not David Barton, not Heritage, not Hillsdale – yet it is essential if the Constitution is to persevere.

KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor, fired after teaching the Constitution to TEA Party groups.   She would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot.  She now travels the country and teaches the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents.

This presentation will knock your socks off!!  Bring your kids and grand kids…they won’t learn this in school!

 

Free to the Public. Students encouraged to attend    Contact Louise for more information at 530-842-5443.

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Rally for WATER in Klamath Falls on July 1

Agriculture, cattle, Water rights, Water, Resources & Quality

Support

Klamath County Farmers and Ranchers

for

Agriculture / Economic Impact Rally

Monday, July 1, 2013

9 a.m.

Klamath Co. Fairgrounds in Klamath Falls, OR

Klamath Tribes have shut-off irrigation water to over 115,000 acres of farm and ranch land

This will cause the loss of over 4,000 jobs

Over  $144,635,000 of cattle will be affected

There is plenty of water to share; the Tribe claims it is keeping the water for sucker fish

This will create a total area impact of over $516 million

For more information:

Go to www.saveourklamathcountywater.org

You are needed –

All of our CIVIL RIGHTS are at stake!

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Feds seek comment on draft environmental report for raising Shasta Dam

Dams other than Klamath

Redding.com

Posted June 29, 2013 at 6 p.m.

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft environmental impact statement on the agency’s analysis of raising Shasta Dam.

The report accompanies the announcement of three public workshops, including one July 16 in Redding, to share information and receive comments.

As much as 5,000 acres of land could be inundated and the area could endure years of soil erosion should the dam be raised, according to the report. But who would be affected by the higher lake level won’t be determined until the final design of the dam, as well as roads and dikes associated with it, are drawn up, officials have said.

A higher dam would increase the maximum amount of water that could be stored in
Lake Shasta by 14 percent, the bureau has said. A larger lake could provide more water for farms and cities in Central and Southern California, and provide more water to benefit salmon and steelhead in  the Sacramento River, bureau reports say.

Read it:

http://www.redding.com/news/2013/jun/29/reclamation-seeks-comment-on-draft-environmental/?partner=newsletter_headlines

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Cattle grazing and clean water are compatible on public lands, new study finds

Agriculture - California, cattle

June 27, 2013

Cattle grazing and clean water can coexist on national forest lands, according to research by the University of California, Davis.

Postdoctoral scholar Leslie Roche takes a water sample from a meadow on a US Forest Service grazing allotment for her study on cattle grazing and water quality. (Kenneth Tate/UC Davis)

The study, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, is the most comprehensive examination of water quality on National Forest public grazing lands to date.

“There’s been a lot of concern about public lands and water quality, especially with cattle grazing,” said lead author Leslie Roche, a postdoctoral scholar in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. “We’re able to show that livestock grazing, public recreation and the provisioning of clean water can be compatible goals.”

Roughly 1.8 million livestock graze on national forest lands in the western United States each year, the study said. In California, 500 active grazing allotments support 97,000 livestock across 8 million acres on 17 national forests.

“With an annual recreating population of over 26 million, California’s national forests are at the crossroad of a growing debate about the compatibility of livestock grazing with other activities dependent upon clean, safe water,” the study’s authors write.

“We often hear that livestock production isn’t compatible with environmental goals,” said principal investigator Kenneth Tate, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. “This helps to show that’s not absolutely true. There is no real evidence that we’re creating hot spots of human health risk with livestock grazing in these areas.”

The study was conducted in 2011, during the grazing and recreation season of June through November. Nearly 40 UC Davis researchers, ranchers, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service staff and environmental stakeholders went out by foot and on horseback, hiking across meadows, along campsites, and down ravines to collect 743 water samples from 155 sites across five national forests in northern California.

These areas stretched from Klamath National Forest to Plumas, Tahoe, Stanislaus, and Shasta-Trinity national forests. They included key cattle grazing areas, recreational lands and places where neither cattle nor humans tend to wander.

UC Davis researchers analyzed the water samples for microbial and nutrient pollution, including fecal indicator bacteria, fecal coliform, E. coli, nitrogen and phosphorous.

The scientists found that recreation sites were the cleanest, with the lowest levels of fecal indicator bacteria. They found no significant differences in fecal indicator bacteria between grazing lands and areas without recreation or grazing. Overall, 83 percent of all sample sites and 95 percent of all water samples collected were below U.S. Environmental Protection Agency benchmarks for human health.

The study noted that several regional regulatory programs use different water quality standards for fecal bacteria. For instance, most of the study’s sample sites would exceed levels set by a more restrictive standard based on fecal coliform concentrations. However, the U.S. EPA states that E. coli are better indicators of fecal contamination and provide the most accurate assessment of water quality conditions and human health risks.

The study also found that all nutrient concentrations were at or below background levels, and no samples exceeded concentrations of ecological or human health concern.

The study was funded by the USDA Forest Service, Region 5.

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Rebellious Colorado counties move forward with plans to secede

State gov

Daily Caller

By Greg Cambell

June 25, 2013

Representatives of 10 rural Colorado counties met Monday in the sleepy plains town of Akron, about a half an hour from the Kansas border, to advance a plan that has been both hailed and ridiculed in recent weeks: A bid to split from Colorado and form the country’s 51st state.

Eye-rolling critics have dubbed the state-to-be “Weldistan,” after the county leading the charge and alluding to the heavily conservative values of the northeast region considering secession.

Proponents have called it an inevitable result of what they say is a loss of representation in Denver, where Democrats have controlled state government and, in the minds of many rural Coloradans, ignored them in favor of liberal, urban interests.

Questions about how to proceed with such a rare initiative as starting a new state covered a wide spectrum at Monday’s meeting. They ranged from whether to include like-minded counties in Nebraska and Kansas to how to ensure, if the effort is successful, that urban areas in the newly formed state wouldn’t also begin to ignore less-populated areas and become yet another out-of-touch capital.

But for all the uncertainty, there was one common thread: barely veiled anger at how rural counties perceive they’ve been treated by the Democrat-controlled state legislature this year.

Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway called it “a nightmare session.”

“This was the worse legislative session I’ve ever seen,” he said, “how they treated people, how they called bills up on the same day without giving people a chance to testify.”

Colorado has made national headlines this year in having passed a full slate of progressive laws, including tough new gun-control laws, new rights for illegal immigrants, regulations for legal marijuana, and many other controversial pieces of legislation.

Several commissioners said the back-breaker was Senate Bill 252, a new measure that requires rural electrical cooperatives to double the amount of renewable energy they offer to customers by 2020. Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed it into law, despite heavy lobbying to veto it. The bill’s opponents say it will increase rural customers’ electricity bills by mandating what they say are unrealistic — and expensive — goals.

Many of the more than two dozen county commissioners attending the meeting noted that SB 252 was their final straw.

“[Senate Bill] 252 is a perfect example of where they rammed it down our throat,” said Yuma County Commissioner Trent Bushner. “They turned a blind eye to satisfy [Hickenlooper’s] buddies in the environmental groups.”

“I’m excited about what we can learn from this and where we can take it,” he said, “but quite honestly, I want this to be a shot across the bow for them to start listening to us.”

Like some others, Bushner wasn’t convinced that a statehood bid would be successful, even though Weld County Attorney Bruce Barker said that it was a fairly straightforward process — at least from a legal perspective.

The first step, he said, was for each county’s citizens to vote to officially exclude their county from the state of Colorado. Once those votes were conducted, counties that passed the secession measure — assuming they all shared a border — would ask voters from all of Colorado to amend the Colorado Constitution to remove their combined area from the state, and require that the state legislature submit a formal request that Congress recognize its 51st member.

If that statewide measure passes, and Congress agrees to enter it into the union, “North Colorado” — or whatever official name is eventually chosen — will be created.

Read more:  http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/25/rebellious-colorado-counties-move-forward-with-plans-to-secede/#ixzz2Xd7zNszC

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29 House Members Support Mistreatment of Family Farmers and Ranchers

cattle, Federal gov & land grabs

R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America

“Fighting for the U.S.Cattle Producer”

June 27, 2013

Washington, D.C. – A barricade has been erected by the U.S. House of Representatives that supports the mistreatment of U.S. family farmers and ranchers. Up until now the congressional obstruction was carried out secretly behind closed doors. For the first time, however, a roll-call vote was recently taken that reveals which members of Congress are working for the multinational meatpackers. They work to guarantee that family farmers and ranchers have no recourse when meatpackers engage in wrongful actions such as retaliation, fraud, bad faith, and denial of due process. These wrongful actions are driving tens of thousands of family farmers and ranchers out of business each year.

“We now know the names of these Congressional members who work at the behest of these meatpackers that are trying to force independent livestock producers out of business so they can take control of our food supply,” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard.

These meatpacker-beholden members of Congress include:

Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Rodney Alexander (R- La.), Sanford Bishop, (D-Ga.), Jo Bonner (R-Ala.), Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), John Culberson (R-Texas), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), Kay Granger (R-Texas), Tom Graves (R-Ga.), Andy Harris (R-Md.), David Joyce (R-Ohio), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Tom Latham (R-Iowa), Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), Ed Pastor (D-Ariz.), Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), David Valadao (R-Calif.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Steve Womack (R-Ark.), and Keven Yoder (R-Kan.).

Their stealthy work began with the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The U.S. House included a meatpacker-protection rider that prohibited the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from finalizing rules to prohibit meatpackers from retaliating against livestock and poultry producers who complain to USDA or to their members of Congress regarding unfair or unlawful treatment. In addition, the rider prohibited USDA from finalizing rules to stop meatpackers from engaging in fraud, bad faith, denial of due process and other unfair, deceptive or discriminatory practices. Similar meatpacker-protection language was slipped into the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Shamelessly, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations has recently voted to again include the meatpacker-protection rider in the 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that will soon be voted on by the entire U.S. House.

Not surprisingly, the meatpacker-protection rider  (Amendment No. 7) was sponsored by Republican Representative Steve Womack of Arkansas. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., the largest beef packer in the United States, is headquartered in Arkansas.

According to Bullard, the 25 Republican and 4 Democrat Representatives who voted 29 to 17 to pass the meatpacker-protection rider do not support family farmers and ranchers.

“Quite to the contrary, what they propose essentially authorizes multinational meatpackers to continue to engage in retaliation, fraud, denial of due process, and bad faith. Their actions will authorize these multinational meatpackers to continue to run rough shod over the hard-working U.S. farmers and ranchers with no fear of consequences,” said Bullard.

On Tuesday, the White House reportedly stated that it would veto the 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill due to budget cuts for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

“Like the failed House version of the 2013 Farm Bill that also included language to protect the appalling and abusive actions of the meatpackers, the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, and the White House should again reject completely the efforts of beholden congressional members to assist their meatpacker buddies in the exploitation of U.S. farmers and ranchers,” concluded Bullard.

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R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) is the largest producer-only cattle trade association in the United States. It is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. For more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-2516.

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