R-CALF USA announces details of 23rd annual convention “Code of the West”

DEADWOOD, SD – R-CALF USA will host its 23rd annual “Code of the West” convention and trade show, August 18-19, 2022, in Deadwood, SD. With an exciting lineup of speakers, the group looks forward to its success in the developing strategies to improve the trajectory of the US beef industry.

The group’s U.S. beef industry long-range plan, released in December 2020, and the 2021 national convention pushed for immediate congressional solutions to reinstate mandatory country of origin labeling (MCOOL) for beef and pass the Cash Market Protection Bill or 50/14 (S. 949) requiring largest beef packers to purchase at least half of their cattle requirements in the cash (or cash) market . Following the convention, R-CALF USA welcomed the introduction of the American Beef Labeling Act in the Senate (S.2716) to restore MCOOL for beef, followed later by its introduction in the House of Representatives (HR7291).

This year’s convention will provide attendees with the tools necessary to win passage of these bills and inform them of additional solutions to restore their ability to be profitable and successful in their US beef industry.



The “Code of the West” convention and trade show begins Thursday, August 18 with show opening and registration at 7 a.m. The convention will open with a prayer breakfast by Max Thornsberry, DVM, at 8:30 a.m. There will be no Property Rights Day on Wednesday, August 17.

After the prayer breakfast, Thursday morning will include presentations by Tracy Hunt, Wyoming rancher, lawyer and expert for the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef; and water, natural resources and constitutional attorney Harriet Hageman. Hageman is lead counsel for R-CALF USA in the ongoing animal identification lawsuit.



R-CALF USA’s lead attorney in his ongoing lawsuit, David Muraskin, lead attorney for the Public Justice Food Project, will make a presentation on Thursday afternoon, followed by a business presentation by the CEO of R-CALF USA , Bill Bullard, and a presentation on private property rights by Norman Kincaide .

Sen. Mike Rounds, R.D., will make an appearance Thursday afternoon shortly followed by a presentation by Andrew Green, senior adviser for fair and competitive markets at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Thursday’s activities will conclude with an authentic wagon dinner, music and socials at the local Days of ’76 Museum.

Friday will open with an Affiliate and Show Breakfast allowing attendees to browse the show until the morning presentations. Georgetown professor Nathan Miller will present his research and strategies on “buying power in the beef packing industry,” and Colorado veterinarian and rancher Lora Bledsoe, DVM, will share national threats and worldwide for livestock health. Friday morning will end with a presentation by Michael Stumo, CEO of the Coalition for a Prosperous America.

A key player in South Dakota’s Beef to Schools program and Western Dakota Tech’s meat processing education program, Ken Charfauros, owner of Wall Meat Processing, will present over lunch Friday.

Friday afternoon will host a panel on Livestock Markets; a presentation by Patrick McGahan, Senior Partner, Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP and counsel in the R-CALF USA antitrust lawsuit. Bill Bullard’s CEO report will conclude the afternoon presentations preceding the business and policy meetings.

Business and policy meetings will include board elections. The following regions will appoint a member to the board of directors: Region VII (Iowa, Minn., Wis.); Region VIII (Ky., Ohio, Tenn., W.Va.); Region IX (Ala., Ga., Fla.); Region XI (California, Hawaii, Nevada); and Region XII (Ark., La., Miss.). Other nominations will be taken from the floor at the annual meeting. In addition, any member may request to be appointed by addressing a letter to the Board of Directors making such a request.

After Friday’s banquet, Mary Hendrickson, associate professor of rural sociology at the University of Missouri, will deliver the keynote address outlining reforms to address the monopolistic structure of the market. Hendrickson is expected to offer suggestions on how to restore competition and explain the effects of concentration on rural America, including the likely future of rural America if the industry remains on its current path. A live auction raffle and fundraiser will follow.

An R-CALF USA Affiliate Report and Committee Reports from R-CALF USA’s Animal Identification, Control, Sheep, Marketing, COOL, and Private Property Rights Committees will be presented throughout. of the agreement.

The salon will be open Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the various suppliers throughout the congress and during the many breaks of the show.

To find a hotel room or register for the event, visit http://www.RCALFconvention.com.

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