Grilled Beef Policy

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They call it grilling. When Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., brings the head of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service into Bismarck, N.D., for an official hearing, it is an interesting process to follow, as R-Calf and other of the region’s cattle leaders get to vent about U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed rules that would allow more Canadian beef into the United States. Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, APHIS administrator, tries to explain why letting more Canadian beef into the U.S. strengthens this country’s long-term export prospects, because it means we’re playing by the same rules we expect our customers to play by. Dorgan and most of those in the audience didn’t seem to buy it. For a complete story about the hearing, refer to Agweek, Feb. 26, 2007.

Dorgan with cattlemen