Beginning Monday, January 24 and continuing through Friday, January 28, please call Senator Kevin Cramer and tell him you want him to cosponsor the American Beef Labeling Act of 2021 (S.2716) that will reinstate MCOOL for beef.
Momentum is building to reinstate Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (MCOOL) for beef! The American Beef Labeling Act (S.2716) is a bipartisan bill that will bring back MCOOL. Reinstating MCOOL will help North Dakotans by promoting a safe and affordable supply of wholesome beef for America’s consumers; and help foster a fairer, more competitive market for North Dakota’s ranchers and consumers.
Following Congress’ 2015 repeal of MCOOL for beef, North Dakota consumers have been paying record prices for beef at the grocery store while North Dakota cattle producers continue receiving decade-old, depressed prices for their cattle. These practices of a consolidated and uncompetitive beef packing industry are exploiting consumers, workers, and ranchers alike here in North Dakota and throughout the United States. Reinstating MCOOL is one step towards creating a level playing field and rebuilding a fair and just food system. John Hoeven has stepped up and shown leadership, we’re asking Senator Cramer to do the same!
Thank you to Senators Tester (MT), Rounds (SD), Thune (SD), Hoeven (ND), Booker (NJ), Lummis (WY), Barrasso (WY), Gillebrand (NY), Heinrich (NM), and Lujan (NM) for their leadership and being on board as cosponsors!
(202) 224-2043 Washington Office, or
(701) 699-7020 North Dakota Office.
Here is what to say when you leave a message or talk to one of Senator Cramer’s staffers:
If you're a consumer, say: “Hello, my name is ___________ I’m a beef consumer from (your town) North Dakota, and I want you to Co-Sponsor the American Beef Labeling act with Sen. John Hoeven. I want to know where my beef comes from. Thank you.”
If You’re a Cattle Producer, Say: “Hello, my name is ________________ and I’m a cattle producer from (your town), North Dakota. Consumers are paying record high prices for beef while my cattle prices are seriously depressed. One reason for this is because consumers cannot tell the difference between beef from my cattle and beef from foreign cattle. Please fix this by cosponsoring with Sen. John Hoeven and immediately pass Senate Bill 2716 that reinstates mandatory country of origin labeling for beef. I need you to pass this bill so I can begin competing in my own market. Thank you.”