The debate proposed by a Nebraska radio station is not likely to happen. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard accepted an invitation to debate the state of competition in the cattle and beef industries. But the three other cattle organizations invited say they will not participate in the proposed August program.
American Meat Institute President Patrick Boyle said the issues that would be explored are best addressed by the larger producer community whose business models are at risk due to USDA's recently proposed undue preference rule. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association also declined to participate, and a spokesman for the National Meat Association said he wasn't sure his group had been invited but was certain they wouldn't accept either.