July 11, 2008
July 11, 2008 - A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue a notice of rulemaking and provide for public comment on the department's decision to reopen the U.S. border to beef from Canadian cattle 30 months old and older. His order partially responds to a lawsuit brought by R-CALF USA seeking a preliminary injunction of USDA's rule that reopened the border to both the older cattle and beef from older cattle last year and is based on his finding that USDA failed to allow comment on the beef part of the rule, according to court documents filed July 3. It does not halt any trade in cattle or beef, according to the documents.
The lawsuit is being heard by Judge Lawrence L. Piersol in the U.S. District Court for the Northern Division of South Dakota. A hearing on the matter was conducted in February, but Piersol has not yet ruled on the request for the injunction. Reprinted from Feedstuffs