Hotchkiss rancher before Congress on USDA rule

DENVER — A Colorado rancher is in Washington to tell Congress about a proposed rule that she says would hurt beef producers.

Robbie LeValley of LeValley Ranch in Hotchkiss is testifying this morning before the Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee. She was invited by her congressman, Republican Rep. Scott Tipton. Tipton leads the subcommittee.

LeValley says she opposes a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The rule from the Grain Inspection, Packer and Stockyards Administration would affect how meat producers could market their products. LeValley says the rule could make ranchers susceptible to lawsuits if they form agreements with each other to market meat. LeValley is speaking on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

The marketing rule is on hold while the USDA reviews it.


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