CEO files FOIA to determine role USDA played in beef industry group


R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard today filed a request (PDF/48KB) for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and/or Privacy Act (PA) for copies of all records of communications between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the eight groups that have banned R-CALF USA from participating in the meeting of the Beef Checkoff Industry Input Group (Checkoff Industry Group) to be held Sept. 24, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. USDA representative Craig Shackelford is scheduled to make a presentation at the meeting.

The eight groups that banned R-CALF USA from participating in the upcoming meeting include:
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, Meat Importers Council of America, American National CattleWomen, American Farm Bureau Federation, Livestock Marketing Association, National Livestock Producers, and National Farmers Union.