On behalf of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association (SDCA) and our 1,000 beef producer members across the state, I'd like to offer a different producer perspective than that represented in the June 22 Argus Leader article entitled, "S.D. livestock groups encouraged by USDA proposal to level competition" and the follow-up article of June 23 entitled, "Livestock producers praise rule proposals."

Long-standing South Dakota Cattlemen's Association policy opposes legislation and regulations that restrict cattle marketing options. We believe cattlemen deserve to decide for themselves which marketing option is most profitable for their operation.

In the past few decades, the way we market our cattle has changed significantly. Our industry's focus on the beef consumer has led to many innovative marketing programs that have improved beef quality, provided quality eating experiences for the consumer and made cattlemen more profitable and efficient.

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According to a recent, exclusive reader survey conducted by BEEF earlier this month, more than 78% of you said government intervention in livestock marketing would have a negative impact on cattle marketing. What are your thoughts? Does Nagel have it right in his opinion piece?