In his State of the Rural Economy testimony before Congress this week, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said USDA is working to develop a voluntary label for beef products that will conform to WTO regulations.
The U.S. Cattlemen's Association calls for "accurate meat labels" and noted they have asked FSIS to use certain labeling claims to be used exclusively for cattle "born, raised and slaughtered" in the U.S.
The owners of a sale barn in Kansas have been charged with writing more than $2 billion in unfunded checks and wire transfers. Their alleged fraud scheme has lost banks millions of dollars and is impacting cattlemen.
After a rancher told the Otero County, Colo., sheriff his 13-year-old son was shot at while checking cattle, authorities initiated an investigation that has uncovered dozens of illegal marijuana cultivation plots.