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What: R-CALF USA news conference to address the EPA’s enforcement action to pressure small- and mid-sized cattle feeders out of business by declaring hay a pollutant



The news conference will highlight ongoing efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to not only ignore the unique needs and interests of small- to mid-sized cattle feedlots and other cattle operation; but worse, to exact intense, unreasonable and unwarranted regulatory enforcement actions against those smaller operations to facilitate big agribusinesses’ desire to rapidly concentrate and consolidate the entire U.S. live cattle industry.



When: 1 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, September 20, 2011



Where: Hay corral at Callicrate Cattle Company located at 940 County Road 12, St. Francis , Kansas .



Who: Callicrate Cattle Company owner, Mike Callicrate

R-CALF USA Region VI Director Nominee Mike Schultz

Kansas Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director/CEO Brandy Carter

Kansas Farmers Union President Donn Teske

Cheyenne County , Kansas , Commissioner Dale Patton

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard, who will moderate the panel.



Background: Mike Callicrate , owner of Callicrate Cattle Company, R-CALF USA member and an outspoken advocate against big agribusiness’s ongoing plans to concentrate and consolidate the U.S. live cattle supply chain, was blackballed by the nation’s monopolistic beef packers in 1998 – the monopolistic beef packers refused to purchase his cattle after Callicrate criticized the packers for engaging in unfair, deceptive and discriminatory cattle-buying practices. Without a market for his fed cattle, Callicrate was forced to close his feedlot.



Undeterred, Callicrate fought back to remain in the cattle business and in 2000, he bypassed the packer-controlled fed cattle market by opening Ranch Foods Direct, a local, high quality meat processing and distribution company in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and began marketing Callicrate beef from his cattle operation directly to consumers.



Callicrate’s entrepreneurial spirit is exemplified not only by his establishment of Ranch Foods Direct, but also by his successful invention, the Callicrate Bander, a unique and humane castration tool now used by ranchers around the world. In addition, Callicrate has been featured by USDA for his leadership and innovation in promoting mobile livestock slaughtering facilities that enable smaller cattle operators to slaughter cattle right on the farm or ranch, thus encouraging more local production and processing for the benefit of Rural America and urban consumers.



Less than a month ago, on August 15, 2011, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) issued a formal Notice of Administrative Compliance Order against Callicrate Feed Yard that threatens to impose civil penalties against Callicrate in an amount up to $37,500 per day for each violation alleged by EPA.



Among the violations cited by EPA is that Callicrate failed to store his hay in a pollution containment zone, which indicates EPA now considers hay a pollutant.



According to Callicrate, “Now that EPA appears to have declared hay a pollutant, every farmer and rancher that stores hay, or that leaves a broken hay bale in the field is potentially violating EPA rules and subject to an EPA enforcement action.”



Callicrate is permitted to handle 12,000 cattle at a time in his feedlot, which is considered a small to mid-sized feedlot in an industry now dominated by mega-feedlots. For example, the world’s largest beef packer – JBS-Brazil – owns feedlots with a total one-time capacity of over 900,000 cattle. Cargill, the nation’s second largest beef packer, likewise owns mega-feedlots that feed hundreds of thousands of cattle at a time. Other packer-partnered, mega-feedlots with capacities of hundreds of thousands of cattle include those owned by Cactus Feeders, Inc. and Friona Industries.



In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice, R-CALF USA estimated the above named mega-feedlots feed 18 percent of the nation’s fed cattle each year while one-fourth of the nation’s cattle are fed in feedlots with a one time capacity of 50,000 head or more. The largest of feedlots are getting larger and Callicrate’s feedlot is among the group of small to mid-sized feedlots that are being pressured to exit the industry so beef packers and corporate feedlot owners can increase their respective capacities and market control. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show that 45 feedlots with one-time capacities of 1,000 to 16,000 head have exited the industry from 2008 to 2010.



R-CALF USA contends beef packers are deliberately forcing small- to mid-sized feedlots out of business through unfair and abusive cattle-buying practices that effectively restrict market access for all but the largest of feedlots. “The proposed GIPSA rule (USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration rule) will put a stop to such unfair and abusive practices, but only if USDA issues a final rule,” said Callicrate.



“I believe the EPA’s enforcement action is a premeditated effort by EPA to partner with the beef packers, who hold a seat of honor at the EPA rule-making table, to finish the job the beef packer’s couldn’t do alone,” said Callicrate, adding, “Along with my feedlot, the EPA has filed enforcement actions against five other smaller feedlots, including one with only 400 cattle.



Callicrate said the EPA does not appear to be going after the bigger, corporate feedlots. “EPA is turning a blind eye toward the mega-feedlots that are a real risk for pollution and, instead, is antagonizing small to mid-sized family operations in an effort to help their packer-partners capture the entire live cattle supply chain away from family farm and ranch operations.”



“We thought the Obama Administration was going to bring about a change to the ongoing corporate control and corporate dominance that has been decimating the U.S. cattle industry. I guess we’re seeing that change right now. Rather than reduce corporate control and dominance, the EPA is overtly partnering with the corporate beef packers to accelerate the exodus of sustainable, independent family operations. This really smells,” Callicrate concluded.



Anyone who wishes to support R-CALF USA ’s efforts to end the injustices against U.S. cattle producers by putting a stop to the Administration’s unreasonable and unwarranted enforcement practices and its refusal to enforce U.S. antitrust laws and laws prohibiting unfair trade practices against monopolistic packers can send their donations to:



R-CALF USA Legal Fund

P.O. Box 30715

Billings , MT 59107
 

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A.J. Jones, d/b/a Callicrate Feeding Company, St. Francis, Kan. – An inspection in February 2011 identified significant NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit violations, including failure to maintain adequate wastewater storage capacity, failure to meet Nutrient Management Plan requirements, failure to conduct operations within areas that are controlled in a manner capable of preventing pollution, and failure to maintain adequate records. The order requires the operation to comply with all terms of the Clean Water Act and its NPDES permit, and to coordinate with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on its compliance. The order requires the operation to comply with the terms of its Nutrient Management Plan, including sampling and recordkeeping requirements. The feedlot has a permitted capacity of 12,000 cattle and was confining approximately 3,219 cattle at the time of the inspection.

http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/
 
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Many criticize Nixon for his being "a crook"-- but the biggest crime he commited was in proposing and setting up the EPA the way he did to where it has developed to where it has almost uncontrollable/unrestricted direction over any enviromental issue it feels is for the betterment of the country...

Altho I agree with the ideas of conservation, scientific progress, and enviromental concerns- the way the EPA is set up now needs to be totally dismantled (never happen) and reorganized without 90% of their discretionary interpretory rulemaking/enforcement authority....

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes USEPA) is an agency of the federal government of the United States charged with protecting human health and the environment, by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The EPA was proposed by President Richard Nixon and began operation on December 3, 1970, after Nixon submitted a reorganization plan to Congress and it was ratified by committee hearings in the House and Senate. The agency is led by its Administrator, who is appointed by the president and approved by Congress. The current administrator is Lisa P. Jackson. The EPA is not a Cabinet department, but the administrator is normally given cabinet rank. The agency has approximately 18,000 full-time employees.

Reorganization Plan No. 3 was an executive order submitted to the United States Congress on July 9, 1970 by President Richard Nixon establishing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and setting forth the components of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The order consolidated components from different Federal agencies to form the EPA, "a strong, independent agency" that would establish and enforce federal environmental protection laws. Unlike other agencies such as OSHA, the EPA was not established by a single enabling act of Congress.
 

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EPA & Agribusiness



The CAFO papers

In 2004, the government released hundreds of pages of documentation exposing Bush administration granting the meat & dairy industry control over a proposal to let Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)s or factory farms, off the hook for pollution violations. The documents revealed the extent of industry influence, with monthly closed door meetings between the administration and industry lobbyists. In May of 2002, lobbyists proposed a deal to let industry off the hook for violations of the basic environmental protections such as the Clean Air Act and toxics laws. The EPA's proposed agreement closely mirror's the industry's wish list. Other documents revealed the extent of access granted to industry polluters. Lobbyist even wrote a power-point presentation for the EPA, literally putting words in their mouths

To "Your Phoniness", OT

Now you're blaming NIXON for Callicrate's dilemma?

I think the EPA is no longer needed because each state has been forced to form a sort of EPA for it's local needs. The problem is the EPA dictates to each state all of the standards it feels necessary. :lol:

That's not what NIXON had in mind. :roll:

Footnote: Now it's your turn to change the subject, as usual. :lol: :lol:
 
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Mike said:
EPA & Agribusiness



The CAFO papers

In 2004, the government released hundreds of pages of documentation exposing Bush administration granting the meat & dairy industry control over a proposal to let Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)s or factory farms, off the hook for pollution violations. The documents revealed the extent of industry influence, with monthly closed door meetings between the administration and industry lobbyists. In May of 2002, lobbyists proposed a deal to let industry off the hook for violations of the basic environmental protections such as the Clean Air Act and toxics laws. The EPA's proposed agreement closely mirror's the industry's wish list. Other documents revealed the extent of access granted to industry polluters. Lobbyist even wrote a power-point presentation for the EPA, literally putting words in their mouths



That's not what NIXON had in mind. :roll:

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Gee Mike--I wasn't aware that you were that close to Nixon that he relayed to you what he was thinking.... Maybe you will fill us in on his thinking about what he was doing with Watergate :???: :wink: And the White House Plumbers :???: :wink: :lol:

Doesn't matter what his intent was- what counts is what he actually developed and what has occurred from his setting up an unregulated SuperBureaucracy that appears to answer to no one in their rulemaking and whenever anyone tries to rein it in- runs to the courts and usually gets its way....

The order consolidated components from different Federal agencies to form the EPA, "a strong, independent agency" that would establish and enforce federal environmental protection laws. Unlike other agencies such as OSHA, the EPA was not established by a single enabling act of Congress.

But I do agree- the EPA -as it exists- needs to be done away with..
I wonder if since it was never established by Congress and only came about because of Nixons executive mandate- could it be done away with the same way? Or will the courts agree with the Agency consolidation because of years of precedent?
 

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