By a vote of the CPoW Board of Directors this year, Cattle Producers of Washington has joined many other independent organizations in becoming an affiliate of R-CALF USA. CPoW will be working closely with R-CALF to work towards the betterment of ranch families on state and national policies. Below is a welcome letter from R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard:
A Warm Welcome to CPoW Members
Dear Members of CPoW,
From the very beginning, the ranching members of the Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) have worked aggressively to preserve competition and improve economic opportunities for independent ranchers. From highlighting the need for country of origin labeling (COOL) through the collection of actual import data to starting a meatpacking plant, CPoW personifies the American rancher: hard working, independent, never gives up, and does what’s right.
Those qualities are needed now more than ever, particularly at the national level. With a new Administration and New Congress, CPoW’s voice needs to reach Washington, D.C., and needs to be strengthened with the voices of other like-minded cattle ranchers so the ongoing decline of our U.S. cattle industry can be reversed.
CPoW’s decision to affiliate with R-CALF USA will help us accomplish this task. By working together, state-to-national support will be greatly enhanced for such issues as reinstating COOL, removing market access restrictions, restoring competition, stopping packers from undermining domestic prices with unlimited imports, and reforming the beef checkoff program so ranchers aren’t compelled to finance lobbying organizations that work against them.
The national Board and staff of R-CALF USA extends a warm welcome to CPoW and its members and we look forward to working with all of you to continue fighting for the independent U.S. cattle producer.
Bill Bullard, CEO