Congressional Opposition Increasing For BSE Rule

Voluntary survey of farmers finds majority in favor of a delay after Canada's latest BSE find. Compiled by staff

Published on: Jan 12, 2005

There is growing support for delaying the reopening of the border. The Congress does have 60-days from the publication of the rule to overturn the rule.

Montana Republican Representative Denny Rehberg is calling on the administration to withdraw from the final rule to resume imports of live cattle from Canada.

"Enough is enough," he says. "Montana farm groups get it; they understand the safety and the market issues at stake here. Those in the administration must open their ears and their eyes, and get it."

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Rep. Stephanie Herseth, D-S.D., and the Nebraska Farm Bureau have also voiced opposition.

At the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting, a voluntary survey conducted by Reuters found 55% of the 578 farmers surveyed said they disagreed with the USDA's plan to allow imports of Canadian cattle under 30 months of age beginning March 7.

AFBF is scheduled to vote on a resolution today deciding whether it should support the USDA's decision to implement the rule change.