Cattle Producer Associations Run From Hot to Cold on COOL

June 29, 2015

The move in Congress to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law for beef, pork and chicken is again turning up the fault lines among the three major organizations that represent American cattle producers.

While there are numerous state and local affiliates, the three big groups are:

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), based in Denver and formed in 1898. U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA), based in San Lucas, CA, and formed in 2007. Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF), based in Billings, MT, and formed in 1998.

Only the USCA’s Leo McDonnell was invited to testify last week before…