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R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America: 'Fighting for the U.S. Cattle Producer'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America:

WHAT: R-CALF USA will hold a news conference about the lawsuit it and 10 other plaintiffs filed against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prevent the agency from allowing into the United States older Canadian cattle and beef products from Canadian cattle over 30 months (OTM) of age, scheduled to begin Nov. 19. The plaintiffs maintain that Canada's problems with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, pose a threat both to the health of the U.S. cattle herd and to U.S. beef consumers.

WHEN: 9 a.m. EDT, West Room, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

HOW: To participate, reporters can call 1-800-926-6734.

PLAINTIFFS who will be present:

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard

Consumer Federation of America's Food Policy Institute Director Chris Waldrop

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation President Florence Kranitz

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association President Larry Nelson

R-CALF USA Counsel Russ Frye

R-CALF USA Counsel Will Miller

BACKGROUND NEWS RELEASE available under the "News Releases" link at, or by contacting R-CALF USA Communications Coordinator Shae Dodson.

PLAINTIFFS unable to attend:

Food & Water Watch

Center for Food Safety

Public Citizen

South Dakota cattle producers Herman Schumacher, Bob Mack, Ernie Mertz and Wayne Nelson

To arrange interviews with plaintiffs not in attendance, contact Dodson at the e-mail address or phone number above.

R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. R-CALF USA represents thousands of U.S. cattle producers on trade and marketing issues. Members are located across 47 states and are primarily cow/calf operators, cattle backgrounders, and/or feedlot owners. R-CALF USA has more than 60 affiliate organizations and various main-street businesses are associate members. For more information, visit or, call 406-252-2516.

Contact: Shae Dodson, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 406-672-8969; email:

SOURCE R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America
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