Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Ranchers will ask Trump, Congress to reinstate COOL after lawsuit dismissal
Ranchers say they will ask the Trump administration and Congress to reinstate country-of-origin labeling on beef after a federal judge dismissed their lawsuit against the USDA but found evidence that the lack of labeling had damaged the industry.
U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson of Spokane on June 5 dismissed the lawsuit filed by R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America and Cattle Producers of Washington.
Peterson ruled in favor of the USDA because ranchers failed to pursue the lawsuit within the six-year timeframe to challenge the 1989 federal Foreign Products Rule and because the regulations follow Congress’ clear intent, according to her ruling.
But the judge agreed with ranchers that the government’s decision has caused them financial harm.
“The court finds that plaintiffs have demonstrated that their alleged injury is fairly traceable to defendants’ action,” Peterson wrote.
“We’re obviously disappointed that we lost the lawsuit, but we’re actually elated that the court specifically found the lack of country-of-origin labeling on beef has harmed U.S. beef producers,” said Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF...MORE
I'd prefer the ranching industry spend their efforts on revoking those regulations that do them harm, rather than seeking more regulations.