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First-Ever East Coast Producer’s Forum Coming to New Jersey
July 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
(WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is hosting its first-ever East Coast Producer’s Forum Saturday, July 7th at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. USCA will coordinate with Rutgers University Extension and welcome livestock producers from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and surrounding areas.
Building on the success of USCA’s Western Producer’s Forum, this event will act as a platform on which innovative industry discussions can take place. Topics will include: addressing the misinformation movement regarding lab-grown “meat”, successful transition planning for the next generation, ensuring consumer demand for beef in the restaurant, empowering small meat processors to overcome federal regulatory challenges and providing more competition in the meat packing arena, along with the long list of legislative successes that USCA is championing in the Farm Bill and much more!
The Forum is pleased to welcome National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson as the keynote speaker.
USCA President Kenny Graner issued the following statement:
“Following USCA’s successful 2017 East Coast Producer Tour of the mid-Atlantic region, we are excited to once again be back in New Jersey to host this day-long informative session. The U.S. cattle industry is at a critical point with the growing investment interest in plant-based and lab-grown protein alternatives, or ‘fake meat’. Though we welcome consumer choice in the marketplace, we strongly believe that these new ‘fake meat’ products need to be accurately and truthfully labeled as either a plant-based protein alternative or a cell-cultured food product.
“We’re also looking forward to discussing how farmers and ranchers can remain profitable in the U.S. agriculture industry. Leveling the playing field and increasing demand and competition in the beef marketplace along with addressing the continued challenges on Capitol Hill ensure that the US cattle industry remains profitable and viable. We look forward to hearing from our keynote speaker on the need for producers to get involved in the political process and pay attention to what is happening in their industry. We hope you will join us in New Jersey for these timely and valuable discussions on YOUR industry.”