USCA Comments on USDA Restructure
(WASHINGTON) – United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner issued the following statement on today’s announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the position of Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs would be created as a result of the restructuring of the USDA:
“We applaud the actions of Secretary Perdue to establish an Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. The 2014 Farm Bill directed the Department to establish this position, and the industry has since been left without this critical position for far too long. USCA is looking forward to working with this Under Secretary to secure U.S. beef access to China and to ensure that our global trading partners are held to the same high standards of production as U.S. cattle producers.
“As another component of the restructure, USCA appreciates USDA’s efforts in elevating the Rural Development agencies by consolidating the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Risk Management Agency (RMA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) under one mission area. We are optimistic that USDA will balance the intent of the former Rural Development Mission Area with the installation of the new Farm Production and Conservation Mission Area to best serve America’s farmers and ranchers.
“This restructure will streamline actions and mission areas, and will provide a much needed trade presence at the Department. USCA looks forward to continuing our work with Secretary Perdue and his staff as these changes are implemented.”
Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to concentrating its efforts in Washington, D.C. to enhance and expand the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill. USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development. For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org