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NCBA MEMBER CALL TO ACTION :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: : Reopening of U.S. Beef Export Markets
Jay Truitt, Vice President, NCBA Government Affairs

Urge Support for Reopening of U.S. Beef Export Markets

USDA is planning to implement their "Canadian Rule" on March 7, 2004. We continue to communicate with USDA about the importance of resuming trade with our own export markets such as Japan.

As you know, at NCBA's recent annual meeting, our membership passed an 11-point directive regarding the resumption of trade with Canada. One of those criteria specifically calls for the Administration to "reach an agreement to re-establish beef and beef byproduct trade with Japan, South Korea and Mexico, and apply economic sanctions if necessary."

NCBA and the Administration have worked tirelessly over the past 14 months to regain our lost export markets, and although we have seen progress, our key export markets remain closed to U.S. beef. It is imperative we increase the pressure on our trading partners to resolve this situation.

To that end, we are using all the resources at our disposal, including mobilizing the support of key members of Congress and Administration Officials.

To support this effort, we are asking NCBA members to:

1. Contact your Senator and Representatives in Congress and communicate the importance of this issue. Attached is a draft letter to Congress which you can provide to your members. Cattle producers can customize the letter as needed or send the letter as written to urge support on this issue.

2. Send letters to key Administration officials. Also attached is a draft letter to Administration officials which you can provide to your members. Listed below is the contact information for officials we recommend contacting.

3. Send copies of your letters and correspondences to NCBA's Washington D.C office so we can schedule the appropriate follow-up meetings with these officials. Send copies of letters to:

Beth Strobridge
NCBA
1301 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20004
Fax: 202-638-0607
Email: [email protected]

Your participation in this effort is very important as we work to meet the criteria outlined in our 11-point directive. Please contact us if you have any questions or let us know if there are other resources we can provide.

President George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500

The Honorable Mike Johanns
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
U.S. Secretary of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Ambassador Peter Allgeier
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Executive Office of the President
600 - 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20508

Michael Green
Senior Director for Asia
U.S. National Security Council
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

His Excellency Ryozo Kato
Embassy of Japan
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008


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Sample Letter to Administration

Dear ____:

America's cattle producers are focused on science-based efforts to normalize trade with our international neighbors. We understand that in a global marketplace, free and fair trade provides us with opportunities to increase value for our products and to expand our businesses into new and additional markets.

It's been over a year since America's first (and to date, only) case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered in a Canadian cow. Since our export markets closed on December 23, 2003, cattle producers have suffered an economic loss equal to $175 per head of cattle. Our government, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), individual cattle producers, and other industry organizations have worked tirelessly to regain access to these markets and get back the money we are due for our products.

Over the past fourteen months:
. U.S. officials at all levels of our government, including the President, have met with foreign officials in countless meetings for both political and technical discussions.
. We have hosted trade delegations on tours of our beef industry infrastructure, and we have proactively visited their countries.
. We have encouraged them to ask questions about our animal health and food safety systems, and we have entertained each and every request from trading partners for documentation, scientific analysis, and assurance that our cattle herd and food supply are safe.
. We have tested over 230,000 animals in an expanded BSE surveillance program and have not discovered a single case.

It is frustrating to us that this issue remains unresolved despite foreign consumers expressing a need and want for affordable, high-quality U.S. beef. This frustration is coming to at a time when the U.S. Department of Agriculture is days away from re-opening the Canadian border to additional cattle and beef products.

At NCBA's recent annual meeting, our membership passed an 11-point directive regarding the resumption of trade with Canada. One of those criteria specifically calls for the Administration to "reach an agreement to re-establish beef and beef byproduct trade with Japan, South Korea and Mexico, and apply economic sanctions if necessary."

We have done all the right things to produce safe and wholesome beef for world consumption, and we deserve to have these export markets re-opened. We are asking for your support.

Please keep the resolution of these trade issues at the top of your priority list.

Sincerely,
 

Manitoba_Rancher

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We have tested over 230,000 (HEALTHY) animals in an expanded BSE surveillance program and have not discovered a single case.

Some things are not what they seem. Add in the Healthy part before you right your letters. ANd also add in that Canada is testing the 4d's and weve only found 3!
 
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