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NRF Calls on Congress to Take Action to Avert a Catastrophic Rail Strike
The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay following the announcement that a fourth rail union has rejected the tentative agreement brokered by the administration among the labor unions and freight railroads.
“Millions of hardworking Americans rely on the freight rail system for their jobs and the economic security of our country. A nationwide rail strike during the peak holiday season will be devastating for American businesses, consumers and the U.S. economy..."
Albertsons Cos. Issues Statement Regarding U.S. District Court for District of Columbia’s Ruling
Albertsons Companies today announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has denied the request by the California, Illinois and District of Columbia Attorneys General for a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) against the Company’s previously announced $6.85 per common share Special Dividend (the “Special Dividend”), originally scheduled to be paid on November 7, 2022.
Albertsons Cos. continues to seek to overturn the existing temporary restraining order granted by the Washington State Court on November 3, which was based on the incorrect assertion that...
NCC Urges Biden Administration to Prevent Possible Railroad Strike
NCC joined over 320 local, state, and federal trade associations in urging the Biden administration to continue working with a collection of railroad unions and the railroad operators on an agreement to prevent a possible strike.
“With your help, from establishing the Presidential Emergency Board to involvement in the direct negotiations among the parties, the tentative agreement was reached on September 15,” the letter to President Biden said. “We have seen six of the twelve unions ratify the agreement to date. Unfortunately, we have seen two unions reject the agreement and..."
NTF Statement on FSIS Salmonella Framework
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) issued the following statement on the release of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Proposed Regulatory Framework to Reduce Salmonella Illnesses Attributable to Poultry:
“National Turkey Federation members are committed to further enhancing the safety of their products and building on the turkey industry’s ongoing efforts to address Salmonella throughout turkey production. As FSIS and industry look towards comprehensive strategies to advance this priority, it is imperative that the best science drive food safety policy. The Salmonella..."
NCC Says FSIS’s New Salmonella Framework Lacks Data, Research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a new regulatory framework in an effort it says will reduce Salmonella illnesses associated with poultry products.
Specifically, FSIS said it would be proposing three components, including:
- Requiring incoming flocks be tested for Salmonella before entering an establishment;- Enhancing establishment process control monitoring and FSIS verification;- Implementing an enforceable final product standard.
“We support the need to develop science-based approaches that will impact public health, but this is being done backwards,” said Ashley Peterson...
NPPC Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Oral Arguments on California Proposition 12
The following statement (from Oct. 11) can be attributed to the National Pork Producers Council:
“This is a historic day for American farmers. National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and American Farm Bureau Federation presented oral arguments on NPPC v. Ross before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of California Proposition 12. As we’ve contended since 2018, one state should not be able to regulate commerce in another state and set arbitrary standards that lack any scientific, technical, or agricultural basis..."
NRF Opposes Proposed Independent Contractor Rule
The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Relations David French regarding the new proposed rule from the Department of Labor on independent contractor status.
“The modern workplace is more complex in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Retailers, along with countless other employers, maintain a wide range of business relationships with independent contractors, including billing, facility maintenance, data analysis, delivery, marketing and other critical services...
NPPC Statement on Federal Ruling on USDA’s New Swine Inspection Program
The following statement can be attributed to the National Pork Producers Council:
“We are pleased that the federal judge upheld the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) that incentivizes investment in new technologies while ensuring a safe supply of wholesome American pork. Pork producers use science-based approaches to continuously improve and modernize their practices to ensure product quality and consistency and their..."
USMEF Statement on Advancement of Under Secretary for Trade Nomination
Today the Senate Agriculture Committee reported favorably on the nomination of Alexis Taylor to serve as USDA under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued this statement in support of the nomination:
USMEF thanks the Senate Agriculture...
NCBA Statement on Cattle Contracts Library Pilot Program Notice to Trade
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) released the following statement in response to a Notice to Trade published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) related to the Cattle Contracts Library (CCL) pilot program:
“The Cattle Contracts Library is designed to be a tool for cattle producers, making information accessible which may in turn allow them to capture unrealized value for their livestock,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “We are pleased to see the pilot program progressing and note the..."
NCBA Urges Senate to Confirm Key USDA Nominees
Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) urged the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to confirm key nominees for Under Secretary for Food Safety and Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“Cattle producers need strong, stable leadership in top positions at USDA and we urge the Senate to move quickly on confirming these highly qualified nominees,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane.
For the position of Under Secretary for Food Safety, the President nominated Dr. Jose Emilio Esteban...
NCBA Extremely Disappointed with White House Biotechnology Executive Order
Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) raised questions on President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy, following its release last week.
“We encourage the administration to support the biotechnology innovations already occurring in the cattle industry. Technology like gene editing is critical to improving cattle health and wellbeing, while also helping the U.S. cattle industry demonstrate climate neutrality by 2040. These tools are necessary to build on our legacy as sustainable providers of beef to consumers..."
NCBA Calls for Limited SEC Greenhouse Gas Rule Following Senate Hearing
Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) reiterated the need for a limited version of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) greenhouse gas disclosure rule following SEC Chairman Gary Gensler’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking.
“The SEC’s proposed greenhouse gas disclosure rule is aimed at large publicly traded companies but would lead to unintended consequences for small businesses like farms and ranches. The rule would require data that simply does not exist at the farm or ranch-level and increases the regulatory burden on individual cattle..."
NRF Statement on Tentative Rail Agreement
The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay following the White House’s overnight announcement that a tentative agreement has been reached between freight railroads and rail labor organizations, avoiding a shutdown of the freight rail system.
“We are relieved and cautiously optimistic that this devastating nationwide rail strike has been averted. We appreciate the Biden administration’s intervention on behalf..."
NPPC Statement on SCOTUS Reply Brief to Petitioners on California Proposition 12
Attribute statement to Terry Wolters, NPPC president and owner of Stoney Creek Farms in Pipestone, Minnesota
“Today’s filing of our reply brief to petitioners brings the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation one step closer to the Supreme Court hearing our case on how California Proposition 12 violates the U. S. Constitution.
“Ironically, California’s Department of Food and Agriculture also announced today it finally completed the Proposition 12 implementation rules, more than three years after the original statutory deadline. This delay unnecessarily exacerbated..."
USMEF Statement on Advancement of Chief Agricultural Negotiator Nomination
Today the Senate Finance Committee reported favorably on the nomination of Douglas McKalip to serve as chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued this statement:
In addition to USTR’s ongoing efforts to improve and maintain international market access for U.S. red meat, several new Biden administration...
NCBA Urges Senate Committee to Pass Livestock Regulatory Protection Act
Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) urged the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to approve the Livestock Regulatory Protection Act.
“American cattle producers’ commitment to reducing their environmental footprint while simultaneously improving efficiency makes our farms and ranches the most sustainable in the world. Unfortunately, overregulation and excessive permitting would jeopardize the cattle industry’s progress towards greater sustainability,” said NCBA Chief Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart. “NCBA strongly supports the Livestock Regulatory Protection Act, which protects farmers and ranchers from onerous regulation. We thank Senators John Thune..."
McDonald's Appoints Jon Banner as Executive Vice President and Global Chief Impact Officer
Today, McDonald's CEO, Chris Kempczinski sent the following message to the McDonald's global System, announcing the company's new Chief Impact Officer, Jon Banner.
The Digital CV and headshot for Mr. Banner are embedded within this release.
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I am thrilled to share that Jon Banner will be joining McDonald's as Executive Vice President and Global Chief Impact Officer, reporting directly to me and serving on our Global Senior Leadership Team.
Jon is the perfect leader to oversee our Sustainability & ESG, Government Relations and Public Policy...
NPPC Statement on Spot Market Hog Payments
Statement by Terry Wolters, NPPC president and owner of Stoney Creek Farms in Pipestone, Minnesota
“We appreciate FSA’s commitment to providing assistance to those pork producers hit hard by the economic disruptions caused by the pandemic. Producers forced into spot market hog sales are still challenged by the market disruptions of COVID-19, and these funds will contribute to the ongoing recovery of the U.S. pork industry...”
NCBA Disappointed in House Passage of Special Investigator Bill
Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) expressed strong disappointment in the House passage of the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, which incorporates the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act.
“Rising food, fuel, and fertilizer prices are hurting cattle producers around the country, but Congress is relentlessly focused on political posturing through this special investigator bill,” said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. “NCBA strongly supports fairness and transparency in the market, but Congress is wasting time with legislative proposals in search of a problem while ignoring real..."
NAMI: Special Investigator to Cost Taxpayer $9 Million; is Redundant
The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 7606, the Lower Food and Fuel Cost Act, a bill that establishes a special investigator for meat and poultry at the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
"We are disappointed the House voted to waste $9 million in taxpayer dollars on a redundant special investigator when that money would be much better spent helping Americans seeking assistance from record inflation," said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the Meat...
NCBA Congratulates Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young on Confirmation as USDA Under Secretary
Today, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President for Government Affairs Ethan Lane released a statement on the confirmation of Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“NCBA congratulates Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young on her confirmation as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. The Research, Education and Economics arm..."
The Wendy's Company Comments on Amended 13D Filing from Trian Partners
The Wendy's Company today issued the following statement regarding the Schedule 13D/A filed by Trian Fund Management, L.P. and certain of its affiliates with the Securities and Exchange Commission:
"The Wendy's Company's Board of Directors and management team regularly review the Company's strategic priorities and opportunities with the goal of maximizing value for all stockholders. Our Board is committed to continuing to act in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. Consistent with its fiduciary duties, the Board will carefully review any proposal submitted by...
USMEF Statement on Study Confirming Effectiveness of Export Market Development Programs
On May 18, the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) released an economic impact study confirming the effectiveness of export market development programs in expanding demand for U.S. agricultural products and generating a strong return on investment. The study was commissioned by the U.S. Grains Council on behalf of USAEDC members. More details are also available in this USAEDC press release and infographic.
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued this statement...
NCC Response to House Committee Report on COVID-19 Workplace Safety
Attributable to National Chicken Council (NCC) President Mike Brown:
“NCC member companies have long been committed to protecting and enhancing worker safety, a commitment that well predates the COVID-19 pandemic. But when the COVID-19 pandemic reached American shores, it was immediately clear that worker safety would be paramount.
“As a critical infrastructure sector staffed by essential workers, the chicken industry was presented with a seemingly impossible task – keep food on the tables and keep workers safe, all in the face of a highly transmissible and all-but..."
USMEF Statement on USDA Undersecretary for Trade Nominee
Today the White House announced the nomination of Alexis Taylor to serve as USDA undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued this statement in support of the nomination...
Kroger Issues Statement Regarding Carl Icahn's Intent to Nominate Two Director Candidates
The Kroger Co. today announced that Carl Icahn has submitted an intent to nominate two director candidates – Alexis C. Fox and Margarita Paláu-Hernández – to stand for election to the Kroger Board of Directors at the Company's 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The date for the Annual Meeting has not been announced. Kroger shareholders are not required to take any action at this time.
The Company issued the following statement:
The Kroger Board and management team maintain regular communications with shareholders and other stakeholders on a range of...
NCBA Welcomes Announcement on Japan – U.S. Trade Agreement
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) welcomes the announcement that the United States and Japan have reached an agreement in principle on the Japanese beef safeguard. As part of the terms of the Japan – U.S. Trade Agreement, both countries entered consultations after the volume-based safeguard was triggered in March 2021. NCBA strongly supported efforts to secure improvements to the beef safeguard that are mutually beneficial for Japanese consumers and American cattle producers.
“While the details of the agreement in principle have not been disclosed, NCBA is encouraged that today’s announcement means we..."
USMEF Statement on Adjustments to Japan’s Beef Safeguard
Today the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced changes to the safeguard on Japan’s imports of U.S. beef. More details are available in this joint press release.
“USMEF greatly appreciates the efforts of USTR and USDA to adjust Japan’s safeguard on U.S. beef. The U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement was a tremendous breakthrough for the U.S. meat industry, including the significant reduction in Japan’s tariffs on U.S. beef, but the playing field has..."
NCC Responds to Latest New York Times Attack on Chicken Producers
The National Chicken Council today released the following statement in response to a New York Times Opinion video attacking U.S. chicken production and advocating for increased food costs:
“The New York Times Opinion video, “The True Cost of Cheap Chicken,” is a vegan propaganda piece whose goal is to make meat more expensive, as clearly articulated in the final line of the video, “Chicken should be $6 a pound, not $1 a pound.” The activist group behind the video, Mercy for Animals, spends tens of millions of...
Update from Special Committee of Pilgrim’s Pride
The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation today provided an update to the full Board of Directors of Pilgrim's Pride on the status of discussions with JBS S.A. regarding JBS's unsolicited proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Pilgrim's Pride that JBS does not currently own for $26.50 per share in cash, which was previously announced on August 13, 2021.
The Special Committee has carefully and thoroughly reviewed the proposal from JBS in consultation with its financial and legal advisors...
NCBA Responds to New York Times Op-Ed Misinformation
Statement from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association:
It is incredibly disappointing that media outlets like the New York Times continue to publish opinion pieces like today’s Meet the People Getting Paid to Kill Our Planet, which not only threaten the livelihoods of American farmers and ranchers, but are also riddled with misinformation and lacking in credible sources.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) primary goal is protecting the livelihoods of America’s cattle farmers and ranchers. It is our responsibility to ensure these men and women have the ability to pass their...
USMEF Statement on USDA/Port of Oakland Partnership
Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a partnership with the Port of Oakland to establish a new site designed to help agricultural exporters secure containers and prepare outbound shipments. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued the following statement:
USMEF appreciates the efforts of USDA, the Port of Oakland and other agencies to address a situation that continues to frustrate U.S. exporters. We realize there is no magic solution to the shipping difficulties confronting exporters at U.S. ports, but improving access to containers is certainly...
North American Meat Institute: New York Times Gets it Wrong
The following is a statement released by the North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute):
The New York Times’ The Daily podcast’s examination of the beef and cattle markets is simply wrong.
The beef and cattle industry is a complex marvel of American ingenuity with innovations that have allowed the US beef industry to produce more meat with fewer cattle, while improving sustainability, food safety, affordability, worker safety and beef quality.
There are many steps in the beef value chain: cow calf operators, feeders, packers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and food service...
King Soopers and City Market Open for Customers
Today, King Soopers and City Market called the decision by UFCW Local 7 to strike reckless and self-serving, without regard for the implications to associates and Coloradans.
"Local 7 is putting politics before people and preventing us from putting more money in our associates' pockets," said Joe Kelley, president of King Soopers and City Market. "It's time for Kim Cordova to put our associates, her members, first instead of denying them the opportunity to vote on this unprecedented investment. Creating more disruption for our associates, their families, and Coloradans rather..."
North American Meat Institute: Government Intervention in Markets Will Not Help Consumers, Producers
The North American Meat Institute, the nation’s trade association for meat and poultry packers and processors of all sizes, today released the following statement regarding the “The Biden-Harris Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain.”
“For the third time in six months, President Joe Biden and his Administration announced the same plans to spend $1 billion to fund government intervention in the market in an attempt to increase prices livestock producers receive while blaming inflation on..."
NRF Issues Statement on House Passage of Ocean Shipping Reform Act
The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Relations David French after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) of 2021. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD), would provide critical updates to the international maritime transportation system, which has been severely impacted by COVID-19.
“The Shipping Act has remained unchanged for nearly 20 years, as the global supply chain has continued to grow and evolve..."
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