Competition Issues

2014 Investigation of Beef Packers’ Use of Alternative Marketing Arrangements report by the Packers and Stockyards Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (formerly the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration, or GIPSA) July 21, 2020

2018 Livestock Mandatory Reporting Negotiated Cattle Market Review Presentation July 21, 2020

R-CALF USA vs. The Big 4 Complaint, Appendix 1, Appendix 2 May 8, 2019 

Cover-Letter-and-Request-for-Investigation to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on Antitrust,  Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights regarding Potential Antitrust and Anticompetitive Conduct in the Northeast Region of the United States Following Evidence of Market Failure that Occurred Contemporaneously with the 2017 Delisting of the JBS-owned Beef Packing Plant in Souderton, Pennsylvania. January 3, 2018

Herman Schumacher vs. Meat Packers; A David and Goliath Story

GIPSA Rule

August 27, 2010 Ft. Collins Workshop
Here’s the transcript! (PDF 615K)

 Under Siege by Bill Bullard published by SD Law Review

Nebraska Hog Industry

The Politics of Beef by Lee Pitts

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R-CALF USA’s 2nd Comments on the GIPSA Rules June 6, 2017

08-23-04 — CDN Cargill Won’t Process Cattle Owned by RC Members – S Read – The Alberta Express

R-CALF USA’s Comprehensive 8-Point Plan to Reverse the Decline of the U.S. Cattle Industry December 1, 2016

Bill Bullard’s Presentation January 2017

Bill Bullard’s presentation at Dakota meetings November 10-15, 2016

R-CALF USA’s 2018 Farm Bill Priorities October 17, 2016

Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee and U.S. Attorney General July 11, 2016

Senator Charles Grassley’s (R-Iowa) legislation to ban packer ownership of livestock May 11, 2016

Senate Judiciary (GAO) Letter Requesting an Investigation April 20, 2016

Fourth Follow-up Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee March 28, 2016

Third Follow-up Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee March 9, 2016

Top 30 Cattle Feeders January 25, 2016

R-CALF USA and South Dakota StockGrowers Association Joint Letter regarding CME Discount at Worthing March 8, 2016

Second Follow-up Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee February 3, 2016

R-CALF USA Presentation Supporting an Investigation into the 2015 Cattle Price Collapse January 14, 2016

Cover Letter and Request to Senate Judiciary Committee – Potential Antitrust and Anticompetitive Conduct in U.S. Cattle and Beef Markets January 5, 2016

Mandatory Price Reporting Recommendations to Senate Ag Comittee (PDF 249K) September 8, 2015

R-CALF USA Letter to Nebraska Legislature re Contract Hog Farming (PDF 165K) February 10, 2015

Coalition Letter to Department of Justice Regarding Tyson-Hillshire Merger (PDF 72K) July 24, 2014

Dudley Butler’s Open Letter to Steve Dittmer  (PDF 101K) June 24, 2014

Testimony Submitted by Bill Bullard to the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee March 19, 2014 (PDF 37K)

GIPSA Letter To Ag Conferees October 11, 2013 (PDF 272K)

Joint Letter to Agriculture Leaders Opposing GIPSA Farm Bill Restrictions September 9, 2013 (PDF 88K)Coalition Letter to CFIUS on Proposed Shuanghui-Smithfield Deal July 9, 2013 (PDF 176K)

Joint Letter to Senate in Support of SA982 May 30, 2013 (PDF 124K)

Coalition Letter in Support of Four Farm Bill Livestock Amendments May 22, 2013 (PDF 84K)

Coalition Letter To Agriculture Committees Regarding Livestock Competition Issues in the 2013 Farm Bill May 2, 2013 (PDF 105K)

CMOC Filed Amicus Brief April 22, 2013 (PDF 319K)

Coalition Letter To Department of Justice Regarding JBS and XL Merger December 21, 2012 (PDF 81K)

R-CALF USA’s Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Requesting a Hearing on JBS Purchase Option November 5, 2012 (PDF 2 MB)

R-CALF USA Letter To Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Agriculture Regarding Supporting an Investigation in the Sheep Market (PDF 1 MB) October 31, 2012

R-CALF USA Letter to Department of Justice and USDA Regarding the JBS Mergers October 24, 2012 (PDF64K)

The Honorable Kristi Noem’s Letter regarding the Sheep Industry October 17, 2012 (PDF 189K)

Correction To Narrative July 23, 2012 (PDF 164K)

R-CALF USA Member Alert: USDA  Issues Strong Warning Regarding Dysfunctional Cash Market July 17, 2012 (PDF 143K)

Original July13 Livestock Report July 7, 2012 (PDF 85K)

R-CALF USA Factsheet, “Why Congress Must Support a Ban on Packer Ownership of Livestock” May 23, 2012 (PDF 51K)

Joint Letter in Support of the Packer Ban Amendment May 31, 2012 (PDF 66K)

R-CALF USA’s Letter to Department of Justice, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission November 8, 2011 (PDF 57 K)

Captive Supply Study September 7, 2011 (PDF 208K)

R-CALF USA’s Letter to Secretary Vilsack August 25, 2011 (PDF 371K)

WHOLESALE PACKER BEEF PRICES (INCLUDES BYPRODUCT) vs NET FARM VALUE (CATTLE) JAN. 1980-June 2011

R-CALF USA’s Presentation, “State of the U.S. Cattle Industry” May 2, 2011 (PDF 360K)

R-CALF USA’s Fact Sheet on the Feeder Cattle Index April 13, 2011 (PDF 49K)

R-CALF USA CFTC Comments On Spec Limits March 28, 2011 (PDF 159K)

R-CALF USA’s Oral Testimony to the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management regarding the Wall Street Reform Act February 15, 2011 (PDF 29K)

Watch the 5 minutes testimony here!

R-CALF USA’s Written Testimony to the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management regarding the Wall Street Reform Act February 15, 2011 (PDF 176K)

R-CALF USA’s Letter to USDA and DOJ Requesting Enforcement Action Against JBS USA, LLC’s Unlawful Cattle Futures Market Transaction February 10, 2011 (PDF 60K)

Joint Letter Requesting Captive Supply Rulemaking February 2, 2011 (PDF 23K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission regarding the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act January 3, 2011 (PDF 62K)

Commodity Markets Oversight Coalition General Comments on the Implementation of Title VII the Dodd-Frank Act November 1, 2010 (PDF 108K)

Joint letter to CREW Board correcting the misinformation about Dudley Butler December 12, 2010 (PDF 84K)

Evaluating Farmer’s Share of Retail Dollar, Taylor (PDF 199K)November 5, 2010

Broken Markets, Broke Cattlemen, Bad Statistics and Worse Economics C. Robert Taylor and David A. Domina November 4, 2010 (PDF 121K)

R-CALF USA’s Open Letter September 1, 2010 (PDF 65K)

R-CALF USA’s Briefing Paper on the GIPSA Rule August 16, 2010 (PDF 33K)

Senate Letter to Secretary Vilsack Supporting the GIPSA Rule August 13, 2010 (PDF 479K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to GIPSA Regarding US Premium Beef Analysis July 28, 2010 (PDF 78K)

R-CALF USA’s Briefing Paper on GIPSA Rule July 26, 2010 (PDF 40K)

GIPSA – Misconceptions Explained Fact Sheet on Proposed Competition July 26, 2010 (PDF 14 K)

BEEF Magazine Article by Steve Kay July 23, 2010 (PDF 16)

Joint Letter to House Agriculture Committee Regarding GIPSA Rule July 23, 2010 (PDF 22K)

Senate letter to Secretary Vilsack regarding GIPSA July 21, 2010 (PDF 208K)

R-CALF USA’s invitation from The Twister to participate in a special debate on the current state of competition in the cattle and beef industries. July 13, 2010 (PDF 448K)

56 Organization’s Joint Letter Opposing the Extension of GIPSA Rule July 19, 2010 (PDF 19K)

Australian Beef Association (ABA)’s Submission to the ACCC Against the Acquisition of Rockdale Pty Ltd by JBS Swift July 6, 2010 (PDF 41K)

R-CALF USA’s Letter Opposing the Extension of GIPSA Rule July 13, 2010 (PDF 62K)

R-CALF USA’s Letter to Department of Justice regarding JBS’ acquisition of McElhaney Cattle Company July 2, 2010 (PDF 66K)

Commodity Markets Oversight Coalition letter to Congress June 30, 2010 (PDF 39K)

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard’s Remarks and Presentation to members of the Australian Beef Association June 25, 2010 (PDF 673 K)

GIPSA’s Proposed Rule published in the Federal Register June 22, 2010 (PDF 127 K)

R-CALF USA’s CFTC Comments on Speculative Position Limits for Referenced Energy Contracts and Associated Regulations April 26, 2010 (PDF 78K)

R-CALF USA’s Letter to Blanche Lincoln, Re: The Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010 April 19, 2010 (PDF 59 K)

Commodity Markets Oversight Coalition Letter to Blanche Lincoln and Saxby Chambliss March 25, 2010 (PDF 78K)

R-CALF USA’s Memo to GIPSA, DOJ and USDA regarding the loss of competition January 15, 2010 (PDF 43K)

Reuters article: Hitch Enterprises to sell cattle to National Beef January 12, 2010

R-CALF USA’s Comments to the Department of Justice regarding Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy December 31, 2009 (907 K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to Secretary Vilsack (response to Dec 3 Letter) December 17, 2009 (PDF 192 K)

Commodity Markets Oversight Coalition’s Letter to United States Representatives regarding HR 4173 December 10, 2009 (PDF 66K)

Secretary Vilsack’s response to R-CALF USA’s October 29 Letter December 3, 2009 (PDF 1 MB)

R-CALF USA’s request to the Department of Justice, “Reconsider Decision on JBS and Pilgrim’s Pride Merger” November 3, 2009 (PDF 130K)

Letter’s Exhibit: NCBA Document by Gregg Doud (PDF 3 MB)

R-CALF USA’s letter to Administration “A Desperate Call to Action from the U.S. Cattle Industry” October 29, 2009 (PDF 314 K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to U.S. Department of Justice October 15, 2009 (PDF 222K)

R-CALF USA’s sample letter to State Attorneys General October 6, 2009 (PDF 55K)

R-CALF USA’s Second Submission to the Department of Justice regarding the merger between Pilgrim’s Pride and JBS October 2, 2009 (PDF 144 K) – With 7 Exhibits:

Exhibit 1 – Price and Income Affect Nutrients Consumed from Meat

Exhibit 5 – Improved Beef Demand Benefits Neb. Cattle Producers
Exhibit 2 – Reasons for the Decline in Beef Consumption Exhibit 6 – The Economics of Carcass Weight
Exhibit 3 – U.S. Beef Demand Drivers, KSU Exhibit 7 – ERS elasticity
Exhibit 4 – Focus on beef demand

R-CALF USA’s First Submission to the Department of Justice re: Pilgrim’s Pride and JBS September 21, 2009 (PDF 97K)

Commodity Markets Oversight Coalition letter to Congressional Leaders August 5, 2009 (PDF 154 K)

Commodity Markets Oversight Coalition letter to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gensler August 5, 2009(PDF 60K)

R-CALF USA’s Presentation to the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division July 30, 2009 (PDF 731)

R-CALF USA letter to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gensler July 24, 2009 (PDF 70K)

Coalition letter to Chairman Peterson and Ranking Member Lucas regarding Derivatives Markets Transparency & Accountability Act of 2009 – HR 977 March 23, 2009 (PDF 22K)

R-CALF USA Meeting with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. February 25, 2009 (PDF 958K)

R-CALF USA’s Letter to USDA; Urgent Priorities January 20, 2009 (PDF 55K)

Roger McEowen’s Address at R-CALF USA 2009 Convention, Handouts January 24, 2009 (PDF 71K)

R-CALF USA Letter to Chairman Peterson  Regarding Futures Market Reform January 20, 2009 (PDF 66 K)

R-CALF USA Region VI Director / President Dr. Max Thornsberry’s Testimony January 6, 2009 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 234 K)

R-CALF USA’s 2008 Congressional Priorities (Adobe Acrobat Reader 24K)

R-CALF USA and OCM Cover Letter to Acting Assistant Attorney General Garza regarding JBS Settlement Recommendations December 26, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 92K)

R-CALF USA and OCM’s Recommended Settlement Options in JBS Merger December 26, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 53K)

R-CALF USA and OCM Memo in Support of Motion for Reassignment November 19, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 78 K)

R-CALF USA and OCM Complaint Against JBS S.A. and National Beef November 13, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 652 K)

Amended Complaint from State Attorneys General Against JBS S.A. November 11, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 1031K)

JBS S.A. Notice to the Market October 20, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 192K)

U.S. Department of Justice and State Attorneys General’s Complaint against merger of JBS S.A. and National Beef Packing Company, LLC October 20, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 967 K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson and Bob Goodlatte and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer regarding Proposed Measures to Prevent U.S. Cattle Industry Crisis October 9, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF 60K)

R-CALF USA’s 7th Submission the the U.S. Department of Justice September 29, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF 73K)

Kansas Livestock Association (KLA)’s Letter to Assistant Attorney General to Thomas Barnett in Support of the JBS Merger September 25, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF 30K)

Policy Issues, “Acquisitions and Integration in the Beef Industry” September 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF 540 K)

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard’s Presentation to the U.S. Department of Justice Anitrust Division regarding the JBS Merger September 5, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF 302K)

R-CALF USA’s 6th Submission to the U.S. Department of Justice August 1, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File

R-CALF USA letter to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood July 14, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 64K)

Exhibit 1-5 (PDF 1.9 MB)

Exhibit 11-15 (PDF 1.3 MB)

Exhibit 6-10 (PDF 2.8 MB)

Exhibit 16-18 (PDF 923K)

R-CALF USA letter to Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers July 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 89K)

Exhibits 1-5  (PDF 2 MB)

Exhibits 9-13  (PDF 2 MB)

Exhibits 6-8  (PDF 1.7 MB)

Exhibits 14-19  (PDF 1.4 MB)

Letter from Sen. Herb Kohl, Chairman, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights to the United States Department of Justice June 24, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 136K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to Oklahoma Attorney General W.A. Drew Edmondson regarding JBS June 20, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 80K)

Exhibits:

Exhibits 1-5 (PDF 1.6MB)

Exhibits 10-15 (PDF 1.75MB)

Exhibits 6-9  (PDF 2.2MB)

Exhibits 16-19 (PDF 950K)

Todd Staples Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and Susan Combs Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts joint letter to the Department of Justice June 13, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 36K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon with exhibits June 12, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 MB)

Oklahoma Attorney General, W.A. Drew Edmondson’s letter to the Department of Justice regarding JBS May 28, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 62K)

R-CALF USA’s Post Hearing Brief to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition  Policy, and Consumer Rights June 5, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 177K)

R-CALF USA’s Fifth Submission to the  U.S. Department of Justice May 28, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 89 K)

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s letter to the Department of Justice Dated April 29, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 659 K)

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson’s letter to the Department of Justice May 8, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 665 KB)

R-CALF USA’s 4th Submission to the Department of Justice May 20, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 48K)

JBS SWIFT’s Feedlot Contract May 21, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 582K)

Mandatory Livestock Price Reporting, New Rule May 16, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 MB; 230 Pages)

Farm Bill Coalition Letter to the U.S. House May 13, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 29K)

Farm Bill Coalition Letter to the U.S. Senate May 13, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 29K)

R-CALF USA’s Supplemental Comments to the Department of Justice regarding JBS May 8, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 321 K)

All Exhibits are

PDFs

Exhibit 4 – Testing for Market Power in Beef Packing, 1999 Exhibit 8 – Beef Pricing and Other Contentious Industry Issues, Special Report, 2004
Exhibit 1 – Structural Changes in Cattle Feeding and Meat Packing Exhibit 5 – The U.S. Beef Industry, Cattle Cycles, Price Spreads, and Packer Concentration, 1999 Exhibit 9 – USDA Announces New Confidentiality Guidelines for Livestock Mandatory Reporting Program
Exhibit 2 – Packer Concentration and Packer Supplies Exhibit 6 – Examining Packer Choice of Slaughter Cattle Procurement Exhibit 10 – Captive Supplies and Cash Market Prices
Exhibit 3 – Review of Causes and Consequences of Economic Concentration Exhibit 7 – Captive Supplies and the Cash Market Price

R-CALF USA Testimony for Senate Judiciary Committee regarding JBS Acquisitions May 7, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 511K) Exhibits below.

Exhibit 1 – Structural Changes in Cattle Feeding and Meat Packing Exhibit 10 – USDA Announces New Confidentiality Guidelines for Livestock Mandatory Reporting Program Exhibit 19 – Meatpoultry.com, Swift
Exhibit 2 – Packer Concentration and Packer Supplies Exhibit 11 – Daily Livestock Report Exhibit 20 – Brownfield Ag Network, Oct. 13, 2006
Exhibit 3 – Review of Causes and Consequences of Economic Concentration Exhibit 12 – Captive Supplies and Cash Market Prices Exhibit 21 – Brownfield Ag Network, Oct. 20, 2006
Exhibit 4 – Testing for Market Power in Beef Packing Exhibit 13 – The Changing Structure of Global Food Markets Exhibit 22 – Down Jones Brazil, Nov. 20, 2007
Exhibit 5 – The U.S. Beef Industry, Cattle Cycles, Price Spreads, and Packer Concentration Exhibit 14 – Letter from Bruce Bass Exhibit 23 – Bloomberg News, JBS Brazil, Nov. 29, 2007
Exhibit 6 – ERS, Beef and Pork Values and Price Spreads Explained Exhibit 15 – Muscle Scoring Provides Important Production Tips Exhibit 24 – History of Smithfield Foods
Exhibit 7 – Examining Packer Choice of Slaughter Cattle Procurement Exhibit 16 – Standard Terms and Conditions Figure 6, Exhibit 2, AMI Data
Exhibit 8 – Captive Supplies and the Cash Market Price Exhibit 17 – National Cuts Back Figure 6, Exhibit 3, Heffernan Data
Exhibit 9 – Beef Pricing and Other Contentious Industry Issues Exhibit 18 – Tyson Cuts Back Figure 6, Exhibit 4, CME Group Data

R-CALF USA and OCM Letter to State Attorneys General April 30, 2008 Click below to view the letter.

R-CALF USA Post Meeting Comments Following April 16, 2008 Meeting with U.S. Department of Justice April 24, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 247 K)

Exhibit 19 – Price Spreads Explained Exhibit 22 – 1 – Pork Price Chart Exhibit 22 – 5 – Composite
Exhibit 20 – Market Power in the Beef Industry Exhibit 22 – 2 – Pork Exhibit 22 – 6 – Poultry
Exhibit 21 – High Plains Cattle Feeding Simulator Exhibit 22 – 3 – Beef Price Chart Exhibit 23 – Economics of Captive Supply Arrangements
Exhibit 22 (in 6 Parts) – Historical Price Spreads ERS Exhibit 22 – 4 – Beef

R-CALF USA’s letter to Chairmen Tom Harkin and Collin Peterson and Ranking Members Chambliss and Goodlatte April 22, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 94 K)

Missouri Attorney General’s letter to Department of Justice regarding JBS Acquisition April 15, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 85 K)

Letter to The Honorable Thomas Barnett, Asst. Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice with 18 exhibits April 9, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 304 K)

R-CALF USA Exhibits sent to the Department of Justice:

Letter to Department of Justice opposing JBS Deal from Representatives Boyda, Cubin, and others March 26, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 113 K)

Letter from 73 organizations to the Department of Justice opposing JBS Deal March 25, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 24 K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to the Department of Justice regarding JBS Purchases March 12, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 34 K)

U.S. Representatives Cubin and Herseth-Sandlin’s letter to President Bush Regarding Ban on Packer Ownership March 3, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 42K)

U.S. Representatives Cubin and Herseth-Sandlin’s letter to Chairman Peterson and Ranking Member Goodlatte Regarding Ban on Packer Ownership March 3, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 49K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to the House and Senate Ag. Committees, No to another study February 26, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 99K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to the Members of the House and Senate regarding the need for prohibition on packer ownership January 31, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 95 K)

8th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision January 29, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 27K)

R-CALF USA Fact Sheet: Prohibition on Packer Ownership January 18, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 35K)

R-CALF USA Fact Sheet: U.S. Meat Slaughter Plants that Own More than One Plant January 18, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 19K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to U.S. Congress regarding 2007 Farm Bill Priorities January 16, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 104K)

R-CALF USA’s 2007 Farm Bill Priorities January 16, 2008 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 10K)

US Premium Beef Letter October 31, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 706K)

The Meat and Poultry Promotion Coalition letter regarding Tester Amendment December 13, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 588K)

The Meat and Poultry Promotion Coalition letter regarding Lincoln Substitute December 13, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 596K)

R-CALF USA letter to the U.S. Senate asking for support of the Livestock Titles in the 2007 Farm Bill October 19, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 93K)

Meat, Poultry Promotion Coalition, NCBA Letter to Chairman Harkin to oppose Livestock Title in 2007 Farm Bill October 18, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 70K)

R-CALF USA’s letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Members regarding Livestock Title Provisions October 2, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 100K)

GIPSA letter to R-CALF USA response to July 16 letter August 8, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 917K)

R-CALF USA Supplemental Comments in opposition to OTM Rule August 2, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 137 K)

Representative Barbara Cubin’s BSE Amendment (Draft) July 25, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 39K)

Representative Barbara Cubin’s Amendment Summary July 25, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 41K)

R-CALF USA’s repsonse to GIPSA regarding the RTI Study July 16, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 95K)

R-CALF USA Fact Sheet: Why Competition Reforms are Needed in the 2007 Farm Bill June 18, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 20K)

GIPSA letter to R-CALF USA regarding RTI Study (response to May 23, 2007 letter) June 14, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 1MB)

R-CALF USA Fact Sheet: Four Competition Reform Priorities June 4, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 30K)

Letter from Stanley Scott to Chairman Boswell regarding the Meat and Poultry Promotion Coalition May 24, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 492K)

Letter from R-CALF USA to Chairman Boswell regarding the Meat and Poultry Promotion Coalition May 23, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 24K)

Meat and Poultry Promotion Coalition Letter to Chairman Boswell May 23, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader 28K)

Competition Reforms Requested in 2007 Farm Bill May 23, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 10K)

Letter from R-CALF USA to Administrator James E. Link, GIPSA May 23, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 40K)

Competition Reform Questions & Answers for 2007 Farm Bill Discussion May 23, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 16K)

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives from the Coalition  for Fair Agriculture and Rural Markets  May 21, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 53K)

R-CALF USA letter to Chairman Boswell, House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock Dairy and Poultry  May 21, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 31K)

Testimony of R-CALF USA by Vice President/Region II Director Randy Stevenson Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry April 27, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File152K)

Testimony of R-CALF USA by Director Eric Nelson Before the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Hearing on Livestock, Poultry, and Competition Issues in the 2007 Farm Bill  April 18, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 145K)

2007 R-CALF USA Farm Bill Fact Sheet  (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 107K)

Competitive and Far Agricultural Markets Act of 2007 Fact Sheet  (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 80K)

GIPSA’s Livestock and Meat Marketing Study  January 2007

Response letter to Representative Ike Skelton March 28, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 34K)

S. 622 “Competitive and Fair Agricultural Markets Act of 2007,” Congressional Record  February 15, 2007 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 108K)

Comments on Renewal of the Farm Bill submitted by Leo McDonnell to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, Regional Farm Bill Hearing, Great Falls, Montana  August 17, 2006 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 196K)

Comments on Renewal of the Farm Bill submitted by Jim Hanna to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, Regional Farm Bill Hearing, Grand Island, Nebraska  August 16, 2006 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 196K)

Comments on Renewal of the Farm Bill by Eric Nelson, Moville, IA on Behalf of R-CALF USA   July 24th, 2006 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 197K)

R-CALF USA 2006 Position Paper:  Competition in the Cattle and Beef Market

Dow Jones CME Cattle Outlook: Seen Down Slightly; Standoff Continues by Jim Cote February 17, 2006 (PDF 30K)

Dow Jones US Cash Cattle Pre-Open:  Trading Standoff Continues by Lester Aldrich February 17, 2006 (PDF 25K)

H.R.719 – A 108th House of Representatives Bill Banning Packer Ownership of Livestock  February 12, 2003

Competition Letter to Cochran, Harkin, Goodlatte, and Stenholm  January 14, 2003

S.27 – A 108th Senate Bill Banning Packer Ownership of Livestock  January 7, 2003

“Ensuring Open and Competitive Markets:  Are Meat Packers Abusing Market Power?” – Testimony by Leo McDonnell  August 23, 2002

62 Ag Associations Submit Letter Calling for Immediate Senate Investigation into the U.S. Cattle Market  July 16, 2002

R-CALF USA Director Herman Schumacher’s Ban on Packer Ownership Testimony  July 16, 2002

Sparks Study – Potential Impacts of the Proposed Ban on Packer Ownership March 18, 2002 (PDF 871K)


Pickett v. Tyson/IBP

Brief of Amici Curiae R-CALF USA and 36 Cattle Producer Groups in Support of Petitioners  February 8, 2006 (Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF File 171K)