MULLICA HILL, N.J. — The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) hosted its inaugural East Coast Producer’s Forum on Saturday, July 7 at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. USCA partnered with the Rutgers University Extension program as well as the local Gloucester County 4-H club, Boots ‘N Spurs, to organize the event. Producers from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York were in attendance.
The event kicked off with opening remarks by USCA President Kenny Graner who emphasized the significance of making the voices of local producers heard, and the importance of working together to modernize the U.S. beef industry in order to remain profitable for future generations. Robust discussions between panelists and presenters followed, digging into key issues such as cutting-edge satellite ear tag technology being developed by Globalstar, insight on the future of protein provided by Suzanne Strassburger of Strassburger Steaks, and the importance of political advocacy and industry collaboration highlighted by National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson.
USCA President Kenny Graner issued the following statement:
“The opportunity to build relationships with the hard-working cattle producers on the East Coast was our main motivation for hosting this event. Production practices vary greatly on a regional basis, but each segment of the industry holds immeasurable value within our organization.
“Progress on our key priority areas is only made through industry collaboration and learning from one another, and that’s one thing that really stood out to me throughout this event. All of our issue areas emphasize the importance of leveling the playing field and allowing future generations to continue the tradition of producing high quality beef through innovative and efficient production practices while competing under fair market conditions.
“We look forward to continuing these conversations and are excited to continue to learn from our colleagues in the cattle industry from coast to coast.”
USCA would like to extend special thanks to the local and national sponsors who helped make this event possible including: Rancher’s Insurance, Globalstar, National Farmers Union, Valley Vet Supply, FarmHER, Country Folks Guide, and Greencastle Livestock Market.
–United States Cattlemen’s Association
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