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MCA supports removal of the White River National Blueway designation

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Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Mike Deering issued the following statement in regard to the White River National Blueway Designation:

“The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association stands in strong support of today’s (June 26) announcement that the sponsoring organizations requested removal of the U.S. Department of Interior’s designation of the White River National Blueway.

“The fact that this designation did not involve input from landowners of the watershed is very alarming. In Missouri, nearly 70 percent of the total land within the state is used for agriculture, and Missouri ranks second in the nation in total number of farms. The designated White River watershed is heavily occupied by cattle farms. With such a large amount of cattle country falling under this designation, it raises a concern as to why this organization received no notification that this watershed was being nominated. From what we have heard, no landowners were consulted and no agricultural representation was included at any level of the nomination process.

“While we do not oppose voluntary programs, it is important that government agencies maintain a high level of transparency rather than a high level of suspicious secrecy.”

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was initiated in 1911 and is dedicated to improving viability of Missouri’s beef industry. MCA is celebrating its 101st year serving as the voice of Missouri’s 60,000 beef producers. The organization has members from over 100 of Missouri’s 114 counties. MCA is a not-for-profit, grassroots, member-driven organization focused on the protection and promotion of the economic, educational, political and social interests of the Missouri beef cattle industry. Contact MCA at 573-499-9162 or at www.mocattle.com.

Date: 7/1/2013



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