February 3, 2023
A documentary by More Perfect Union, How Big Beef Is Killing Americaâ€™s Farmers, features R-CALF USA member Coy Young has been released.
Young, a fourth-generation cattle rancher from Missouri, captured Americaâ€™s attention first by sharing the backstory of his own near suicide â€“ depressed cattle prices that rendered his ranching operation economically untenable â€“ in Peter Goodmanâ€™s 2021 New York Times article, â€œRecord Beef Prices, but Ranchers Arenâ€™t Cashing In.â€ Soon after, then Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Representative David Scott, D-Ga., invited Young to testify before his committeeâ€™s hearing in 2022 entitled, â€œAn Examination of Price Discrepancies, Transparency, and Alleged Unfair Practices in Cattle Markets.â€
Following his widely publicized congressional testimony, Young conceived an idea to provide support to the untold numbers of ranchers who, like himself, were experiencing a financial crisis due to the dysfunctional cattle market. Together, R-CALF USA and Young launched the â€œNo Rancher Left Behindâ€ campaign, a rancher/farmer conversation and awareness campaign.
Since May of 2022, the collaborative R-CALF USA and Young â€œNo Rancher Left Behindâ€ campaign has sponsored a nationwide, weekly virtual support group, providing a forum for similarly situated cattle farmers and ranchers to talk with one another. The group meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. MST.
According to R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard, todayâ€™s documentary captures Youngâ€™s story, â€œwhich exemplifies the ongoing crisis in the U.S. cattle industry that is harming Americaâ€™s cattle producers on one end of the beef supply chain and consumers on the other.â€
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