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Rick Worthington Country-of-Origin Labeling
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: October 04, 2017

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Following up on a story we told you about last month, as Farmers and Ranchers continue to work towards a solution on Country of Origin Labeling.

A group of cattle producers (R-CALF) wants Americans to know where their beef is coming from - and is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make it happen.

R-CALF recently held it's 18th annual convention, and brought in well-known conservative political commentator, Tomi Lahren, to speak. She told KEVN-TV, she hopes to help those farmers and ranchers in need right now with country of origin labeling on meat products.

"You know where you get your oranges from, you know where you get all of your produce from, but you don't know where you get your meat from. I take issue with that. I think the American consumer deserves to know and that's what we're pushing for. That's what R-Calf is pushing for. We just want to label the meat as being born and bred in the U.S.A. and give our cattlemen a chance to compete and give them a chance to making a living for themselves and their families."

Ranchers take issue specifically with Cattle being raised in Mexico or Canada or anywhere else outside the US, then shipped into the country for slaughter, only to have the meat then labeled and distributed as being US Beef. Ranchers say that is a deceptive practice, and puts them at a disadvantage.

Country of Origin Labeling is also being discussed in the current NAFTA negotiations.

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