Meat & dairy
May 19, 2014 — Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees GIPSA
Letter sent to House and Senate Appropriations Committees, urging them to oppose any policy riders to limit the rulemaking authority of the Secretary of Agriculture under the Packers and Stockyards Act.
March 4, 2014 — Letter to Senators regarding Foot and Mouth Disease
Joined letter to U.S. Senators about USDA’s plan to expose the U.S. beef, sheep and dairy industries to Foot-and-Mouth Disease, requesting steps to prevent the risk.
December 5, 2013 — Letter to President Obama regarding antibiotic overuse in animal production
Signed letter by the Pew Charitable Trusts to President Obama asking him to limit antibiotic overuse for food animal production and require veterinary oversight of antibiotics used on the farm.
May 31, 2012 — Amendment to ban packer ownership of livestock
Joined letter to U.S. Senators asking them to support an amendment to the Farm Bill to ban packer ownership of livestock.
March 1, 2012 — Reduce packer control of livestock markets, and restrict seed patents
Sign-on letter to U. S. House and Senate members, asking them to address stockyard and packer issues, bargaining rights for farmers, seed patents and other practices undermining innovation and competition in the seed industry.
November 15, 2011 — Sulphur in organic wine; Living conditions for organic poultry and hogs
Letter to National Organic Standards Board supports more space for organic chickens and hogs, and rejects petition for adding sulphur to organic wine
September 20, 2011 — Animal welfare standards for organic poultry
Joined The Cornucopia Institute's sign-on letter to the National Organic Standards Board’s Livestock Committee calling for stronger animal welfare standards for organic poultry.
August 3, 2011 — Implementing GIPSA rule
Joined sign-on letter urging the U.S. Senate to implement a rule that will strengthen and clarify the Packers & Stockyards Act with commonsense protections for farmers and ranchers.
May 3, 2011 — Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act
Joined in sending a letter to Washington state farmers, asking them to endorse The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act.
April 21, 2011 — Concentration and consolidation in the livestock industry
Signed on to Rural Advancement Foundation International's (RAFI-USA) letter to Congress urging it to address anti-competitive practices in the livestock and poultry industries.
March 31, 2011 — Concentration and consolidation in the food industry
Signed on to Rural Advancement Foundation International's (RAFI-USA) letter to the Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture urging them to issue a report on the impacts of concentration and consolidation in the food industry.
March 9, 2011 — Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act
Joined a coalition supporting legislation (H.R. 965) to restrict antibiotics as a feed-additive for livestock
January 27, 2011 — Support for cooperative slaughter facility
Letter to the Community Economic Revitalization Board, to encourage full funding for the Cattle Producers of Washington proposal to build a co-operative slaughterhouse facility in Odessa, Wash.
July 23, 2010 — USDA authority to write regulations
Signed onto a letter supporting USDA’s authority to write regulations defining violations of the Packers and Stockyards Administration.
March 29, 2010 — Strengthen protections against BSE (mad cow disease)
Letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack, advocating stronger protections against BSE (mad cow disease) in the U.S. meat supply
November 13, 2009 — Use of term "natural" on meat & poultry labels
Comments to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service on appropriate use of the term "natural" on labels for meat and poultry products.
November 10, 2009 — Risk of BSE (mad cow disease) from Canadian cattle
Sign-on letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack stating concerns about the flow of Canadian cattle over the border and the increased risk of BSE entering the food chain.
October 19, 2009 — NOSB livestock recommendation: animal welfare
Comments submitted to the National Organic Standards Board Livestock Committee; re: its recommendations to strengthen organic standards for animal welfare.
July 1, 2009 — Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act
Joined a coalition supporting legislation (HR 1549 and S. 619) to restrict antibiotics as a feed-additive for livestock
March 11, 2009 — Mandatory animal identification numbering systems
Letter to USDA opposing mandatory animal identification numbering systems (NAIS).
December 10, 2008 — Pasturing standards for organic livestock
Letter to USDA re: new pasturing standards for organic livestock.
September 30, 2008 — Mandatory COOL labeling of beef and other products
Letter to the USDA re: mandatory country-of-origin labeling of beef and other products.
March 25, 2008 — Support to establish a USDA Mobile Meat Processing Unit
To the Pierce County Conservation District, supporting efforts to establish a USDA Mobile Meat Processing Unit to support ranchers in the south Puget Sound area.
March 19, 2008 — Canadian cattle imported to Washington
To Govenor Chris Gregoire, urging a line-item veto on a measure that would legitimize the flow of Canadian cattle over the border into Washington — without meeting state health inspection requirements.
January 22, 2008 — "Naturally raised" label deficient and misleading
Letter to USDA, re: the proposed "naturally raised" label is deficient and misleading.
March 1, 2007 — The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2007
To U.S. House and Senate committee members, urging support for S. 549 and HR 962; legislation would restrict antibiotics as a feed-additive for livestock. The 2007 bill is the latest of several similar efforts, with signatories added over the years.
June 24, 2005 — Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act
To U.S. Congressional representatives from Washington state, re: urging support for the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (H.R. 2562), limiting antibiotics in feed for livestock to prevent development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
April 1, 2004 — FDA ban on fluoroquinolone antibiotics in poultry
To Dr. Attila Molnar, President and CEO, Bayer Corporation urging compliance with FDA ban on fluoroquinolone antibiotics in poultry. Sign-on letter sponsored by Environmental Defense.
August 16, 2000 — Preservation of Essential Antibiotics for Human Diseases Act
Thank you to Congressman Sherrod Brown, re: sponsorship of HR 3266, the Preservation of Essential Antibiotics for Human Diseases Act.