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Help bring COOL back to Montana!
Dear Legislators, Montana ranchers work hard to produce high-quality beef and pork while also effectively conserving the landscapes we love and keeping our rural communities alive. Right now, it is nearly impossible to identify and buy beef and pork that is born, raised, and processed in the United States. Over 15 years ago, Montanans identified this problem and passed a law to require country-of-origin placarding that was quickly sunsetted by federal law. However, that federal law is gone, leaving Montanans in the dark about where their beef and pork comes from. Meanwhile, pork and cattle prices continue to be volatile, and the control of the few meatpackers is taking a toll on our state. The key to a free market is transparency and access to information, and COOL is a critical step to protecting it. We are just everyday people who fear that this economic concentration in the agriculture industry is threatening our democratic way of life; COOL restores our independence and fosters the connection we have to our communities and to the land we all hold so dear. We need to bring County-of-Origin-Placarding back to Montana so producers can access more competitive markets and get better prices, and so consumers can make informed decisions about what they eat. When COOL was enacted between 2013 and 2015, we saw domestic beef prices for producers rise dramatically. We saw hundreds of thousands of dollars going into rural communities across Montana and bolstering local economies. Immediately following COOL's repeal, cattle prices dropped and our economy suffered. We know that COOL is good for Montana producers, consumers, retailers, and rural communities. So, we are asking that you pass Country of Origin Placarding.
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