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20th Annual R-Calf Convention Thursday
R-Calf will be streaming this years national convention live from Deadwood, SD both Thursday and Friday. Each day will start at 9AM. Visit our website for a list of featured speakers along with the full agenda.

R-CALF USA invites you to come learn about the issues facing your U.S. cattle industry. Learn about R-CALF USA’s work to accomplish its membership-directed policy so that all U.S. cattle producers remain independent and profitable.

Our cattle-producing members comprise the largest segment of American agriculture, generating $70 billion annually from the sale of live cattle. Nevertheless, our cattle industry is shrinking in terms of the number of cattle ranches and the number of cattle in our domestic herd.

R-CALF USA has led the fight for U.S. cattle producers’ independence, profitability and viability. This year will be crucial for our industry:

Will the courts continue protecting cattle producers’ First Amendment rights in our checkoff lawsuit?
Will Congress strengthen anti-monopoly laws to stop the exodus of cattle ranchers?
Will American producers and consumers once again benefit from mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on beef?
Will the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) undo the 25 years of damage that its predecessor NAFTA caused to U.S. cattle producers?

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Thursday, August 15

9 a.m. Convention Welcome–Tatum Lee, Development Director
Gerald Schreiber, President George Chambers
Convention Rules & Prayer–Max Thornsberry, DVM
Pledge of Allegiance & National Anthem–Rick and Kitty Vander Wey

9:15 a.m. The Truth About the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef -Tracy Hunt

10:45 a.m. Trade Show Break – sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America

11:15 a.m. Antitrust Update — the Role of Public and Private Enforcement
in Food and Agriculture–Dr. Diana Moss, American Antitrust Institute President

12 p.m. Lunch USA Beef

12 p.m. Getting USA Beef into SD Public Schools–Ken Charfauros, Wall Meat Processing

12:30 p.m. The Predatory Issue/COOL in the Washington Post–George Wishon

1:15 p.m. Threats to Animal Ownership–Dave Duquette Protect The Harvest

2 p.m. Ranchers and Social Media–Brett Kenzy Iowa Premium and National Beef Merger Update–Eric Nelson

2:45 p.m. Trade Show Break – sponsored by Phillip Livestock Auction LLC

3:15 p.m. The Fed Cattle Cartel Litigation–Patrick McGahan, Senior Associate, Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP

4 p.m. The Impact of Globalization and Current Trade Reforms–Zach Mottl, Chief Alignment Officer and Owner Atlas Tool Works
Date: August 15, 2019
Contact: R-Calf USA
Phone Number: (406) 252-2516
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