From disaster relief to Country of Origin Labeling requirements, the Farm Bill deals with many issues that are relevant to ranchers.
While there are favorable aspects to the Farm Bill for many ranchers, there is one issue that is controversial, Country of Origin Labeling or COOL. But for the most part, producers at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo say they think it's a good idea.
Members of R–Calf and the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association say they have supported cool for 14 years. Previous labeling rules required only the country of origin to be noted, like "Product of the US." New rules require labels for steaks, ribs, and other cuts of meat to include clear information about where the animals were born and raised. Those from R–Calf and the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association say consumers have the right to know where their beef comes from.
"Everything else that we buy is labeled so why shouldn't the food that we eat be labeled as well," said Kenny Fox, R-Calf Animal ID Committee Chair.
"We raise a very high quality product with our beef and lamb products in South Dakota. We want to label it we want our customer's to know what they are purchasing and all in all we have been very supportive of Country of Origin Label," said Silvia Christen, Executive Director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.
Christen and Fox, say they are pleased Congress retained COOL in the Farm Bill. And they both think the Farm Bill has a good chance of passing in the Senate.