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September 2019

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How the word ‘buffalo’ came into use. To the Spanish explorers the animal was called cibola or cubola. Some Spanish writers called them bisonte. Others called them armenta. Early French called them le boeuf buffe, vache sauvage or Bison d’ Amerique. Canadian voyagers called them boeuf (ox or bullock) The later French called them bufflo and later still buffelo. English colonist were using the term “buffalo” around 1710 and it 1st appeared in print around 1754.

Peter Kalm, who traveled through America in 1749, spoke of them as “wilde ochsen” but the word buffalo first spelled buffels soon replaced these earlier names.

The difference between ‘buffalo’ and ‘bison’. There is none, the difference comes from the people who use the words. Buffalo is the common name and Bison is technically, the correct usage.

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Elizabethville, Pennsylvania 26 Apr 1928
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Public can vote until Sept. 8 for their favorite butterfly license plate
The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, which also sells the popular bison specialty ... Preserve in the Ozark mountains along the Illinois River near Tahlequah. ... Funds from bison license plate sales were used to conduct critical ...

Over 30 Bison Headed To Oklahoma From The North Rim Of The Grand Canyon
Over 30 bison are being re-located from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the Quapaw Tribe in Oklahoma. National Park officials say after ...


Traffic jam was one wild & woolly adventure
Lillie News
There were bison to the right, the left, up front and in the rear. The ambling critters were so close I could see the strands of curly hair on their massive ...

Bison on the loose in Black Hills
Rapid City Journal
... supervisor of the Black Hills National Forest, said Wednesday that 15 to 17 bison belonging to a coalition of Native American tribes are on the loose.

Custer State Park to host annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
The Capital Journal
CUSTER STATE PARK — The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 54th annual Buffalo Roundup and 26th annual ...
#adulting: Be like Gerald, the free-spirited bison.
Rapid City Journal
That year, the bison were scattered. Based on what park officials told us, the bison were split into three mini herds, and the wranglers had to put in ...


Neil Fischer didn't set out to be a bison rancher. It wasn't until his daughters wanted horses that he started looking for a home with some space for ...

Great Sand Dunes National Park Moving Forward With Elk, Bison Management Plan
National Parks Traveler (press release) (blog)
Under it, the bison currently part of The Nature Conservancy's Zapata ... "As evidenced during tribal consultation and in public comments received ...


Grand Canyon to make second run at corralling bison herd
Wichita Eagle
In the two years since the Grand Canyon approved a plan to reduce the number of bison roaming in the national park, the herd has only grown in size.
At least 60 Grand Canyon bison to be moved to tribe land
KVOA Tucson News
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – With bison herd sizes growing, Grand Canyon National Park officials announced they will be extracting some bison from the ...
Arizona Game and Fish applications for spring hunts open only online
PHOENIX — Those looking to snag a spring hunting permit from the Arizona Game and Fish Department won't have to apply the old-fashioned way ...
How humans, animals interact is topic of UA Downtown Lecture Series
Arizona Daily Star
Topics include the surprising discoveries about the canine mind; how indigenous hunters treated bison as partners; the tradition of harvesting herring; ..


Press Pubs

Her fascination with the living bison doesn't prevent her from enjoying the meat, she added. Eating bison is a much more sustainable option than beef.
Local chefs, local bison to be reatured at Linden Hills Market
Farm Forum
Michael, Carlson and Perrone will each be preparing a specialty dish featuring bison meat for Linden Hills shoppers to enjoy. Those specialties will ...
The Minneapolis event is being co-sponsored by Sioux Chef Indigenous Kitchen, the Minnesota Bison Association, Silver Bison RanchNorthstar Bison, Hess Meats, and Eichten Bison. Silver Bison, LLC is donating the ground bison for the event.
Monday Informer: Emergency drill Wednesday on MSU campus
Mankato Free Press
During the gathering Saturday, Minnesota Zoo representative Diane Weinhardt will speak about the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd. Volunteers ...





Cemented in history: Wildlife Prairie Park to let donors buy 'Bison Bricks'
PEORIA COUNTY, Ill.–Your name could now be cemented in history, thanks to Wildlife Prairie Park. The park is starting its' 'Bison Brick Paver Program ...Video

1 bison euthanized at Buffalo Rock State Park
LaSalle News Tribune
One of the bison from Buffalo Rock State Park was euthanized Thursday. Holly, the matriarch bison at the park, was suffering from what the Illinois ...


Grants Available to Grow Indiana's Livestock Industry
Hoosier Ag Today
Grants Available to Grow Indiana's Livestock Industry ... equine, goats, poultry, camelids, ostriches, cervidae, bison, aquaculture and rabbits. “While Indiana is a national leader in many livestock sectors, there's always room to grow,” ...


'Something different'
Jackson Hole News&Guide
There are the dancers and bison on Cache Street near the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Jackson headquarters, the octahedron he installed ...
Cooperation is a common strategy in nature
Post Register
In a classic bison jam, a herd of several hundred 1,200-pound beasts crossed Highway 26/89 near Moran, Wyoming and the traffic slammed to a stop ...
Inholding hunting reemerges in court
Jackson Hole News&Guide
The policy change has allowed Wyoming to manage and permit hunting seasons for wildlife like bison on 950 acres of private land spread across 100 ...


You Can Visit America's Serengeti by Bike
Sierra Magazine
My bicycle rolls along a lonely dirt track in the nearly treeless ranchlands of eastern Montana when a sign appears: “Caution, bison on range.” I rumble ...
USFWS Releases National Bison Range Management Plan
Some changes the CCP will bring are more collaboration with local, tribal and state partners when the Bison Range releases surplus animals to other ...
Explore Native American Culture and History in Montana this Fall
Yahoo Finance
Other points of interest include the People's Center museum in Pablo, the National Bison Range outside of Charlo and the St. Ignatius Mission.

Watch: 'Bison Crossing' Stops Traffic on Montana Road
A "bison crossing" temporarily stopped traffic on a busy road in Montana on September 5. (Photo Credit: Art Tower / Pixabay) ...

New plan details habitat upgrades, wildlife protection
Daily Inter Lake
... continue to cull the herd, with an emphasis of moving bison from the range to other units of the U.S. Wildlife Refuge System and on other tribal lands.
Management plan for National Bison Range announced
News from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. DENVER – Since 1908, when the National Bison Range in western Montana was established by President ...
APR shares vision, thoughts
Tri-State Livestock News
As APR converts more land to bison grazing our operation will grow ... region managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the State of Montana.
APNewsBreak: Group cuts bison plan for huge nature reserve
Chicago Tribune
It reduces the amount of interior fencing to be removed — to allow bison ... [Most read] Federal agents raid Springfield, Cicero offices of Illinois Sen.

A Place for Bison in Montana Cattle Country

From the beginning, the Skoglunds knew they wanted to create a sustainable ranch that benefited not only their family, but the bison and the surrounding ecosystem as well.


Quanah Parker Day in the Texas Plains Trail Region
Quanah Parker Day in the Texas Plains Trail Region ... By proclamation of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Saturday, September 14, 2019 has been ... owing to their superb horsemanship and prowess in hunting bison from horseback.

Epic Co-founders to 'Reclaim the Legacy of Meat' Under New Brand
The company grew out of Forrest's and Collin's side project, Roam Ranch — a 450 acre ranch on the outskirts of Fredericksburg, Texas where bison, ...


Idaho wolf livestock depredations hit another record
Post Register
BOISE – Wolf depredations on livestock in Idaho reached a record level ... missing, three dogs killed, one llama killed and one domestic bison killed.


Prairie Day at Dunn Ranch Prairie and Pawnee Prairie in Harrison County set for September 14 ...
Visitors are welcome to take a wagon tour of the Dunn Ranch Prairie bison herd, ... and other conservation entities in Missouri and neighboring Iowa.
Smith Keeps Fighting for Southern Missouri Farmers, Visits Elkhead Ranch in Douglas County
Douglas County Herald
Miller Bison is owned by Randy and Jane Miller who also have a bison ranch in Nebraska. Randy bought his first bison heifer calves in 1995 and his ...


Jefferson County judge denies hands-on bison exams in animal cruelty case
Peninsula Daily News
Superior Court Judge Keith Harper also ruled Friday the eight bison no longer need to stay at Center Valley Animal Rescue in Quilcene, where they ...
Fundraiser launched to pay for bison transport
Peninsula Daily News
QUILCENE — Center Valley Animal Rescue has kicked off a fundraising campaign to transport seven adult bison to a sanctuary in Texas. Organizers ...

Nash’s Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, hosts two free upcoming presentations.

From 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, Holly and Tom Clark of Clark Farms give a presentation about their sustainable farming practices raising cattle, pigs, bison and other species for meat at Nash’s Farm Store.

The talks are part of a series of agriculture-related events at Nash’s Farm Store in celebration of Harvest Week 2019.

For more information, see, call 360-681-6274 or email to

Reintroducing grizzlies to North Cascades a bad idea
The Daily Herald
... to bison, without considering the current uses of those roaming grounds. ... If the entire Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem in Montana, over three decades, .
Bison loaded for transport
Peninsula Daily News
QUILCENE — The first step in relocating the bison at the center of an ... pick up the bison Friday morning, but a snowstorm predicted through Montana ...


Kenosha County is home on the range for bison farms
“All you need is grass, water and good fences,” she explained. ... Lester and Pierson — so far the only Kenosha County bison farmers — are known by ...


136th Anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt landing in Medora
The 26th president came out to the Dakota Territory to live the "cowboy way" and take part in bison hunts. After the death of his mother and first wife in ...
Record-breaking bison shown on Jamestown, ND, cancel
Linn's Stamp News
Record-breaking bison shown on Jamestown, N.D., cancel ... Known as Dakota Thunder, the attraction was created in 1959 by sculptor and local art ...


Mummified Bison at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Atlas Obscura
As for the bison, this particular one is of the species Bison priscus, found in the Loess deposit of Fairbanks, Alaska. This species is also known as the ...

UAF reindeer herd moves to Delta for increased meat market
Raleigh News & Observer
UAF reindeer herd moves to Delta for increased meat market ... Thirty-five of the reindeer were moved to a bison farm near Delta Junction two weeks ...


Groups Call For Stop To Nebraska Livestock Farms
Groups petition to stop large livestock operations in Nebraska. ... Hear reaction from the Nebraska Farm Bureau this morning at 12:30 pm ET on ..... storied bison herds but pledged to consider more help for two other species — a tiny, ...


Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge welcomes fall and visitors to park
Scarlet and Black
“[I]t was part of Neal Smith's vision to have bison and elk here, and we have both,” says Viste-Sparkman. “Especially in the tallgrass prairie, that's a ...


Buffalo Field Campaign returns to Nevada City
The Union of Grass Valley
Their primary goal is to create permanent year-round protection for bison and the ecosystem they depend on — including respect for the migratory ...


An island no more? State to put up fences to keep Antelope Island bison, sheep from reaching the ...
Salt Lake Tribune
The Great Salt Lake's largest island has long served as a big-game sanctuary as well as one of Utah's most popular state parks. Chronic low lake ...

Female hiker possibly gored by bison on Antelope Island
KUTV 2News
KUTV — A 22-year-old woman encountered a bison on Antelope Island leaving ... He added the female hiker could have possibly gored by the bison.


Exhibit explores impact of humans on endangered species of Rio Grande
Albuquerque Journal
Once scattered across the country, by 1895 the bison's population was ... Bison were driven into northern Canada and Alaska, Hanska Luger said.


Salt Festival Oct. 18-20 at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
The Lane Report
Don't miss seeing the bison herd, the park's living link to Kentucky's early ... about the park, visit


History plaques on Traffic Bridge to address Indigenous experience with settlers
History plaques on Traffic Bridge to address Indigenous experience with settlers ... 'These are some things that we need to consider: our Indigenous history, ... built atop significant trails used during large bison hunts, the plaque says.
Elk Island home to rare, genetically pure and disease-free herd
At Elk Island National Park (EINP), both the wood and plains bison are one of the few genetically pure and disease-free herds in North America.
A look inside HMCS Winnipeg before Defence on the Dock
Sooke News Mirror
The ship's crest is a bison, there's even a big bison head hanging in the ... last summer in and around the Hawaiian Islands and southern California.
A&W introduces bison burger in Sask.
A&W is offering customers a new burger that's made without beef or plant-based proteins. The restaurant chain is introducing a Bison Burger to ...


Effects of environmental changes in the Holocene on megaherbivores
"In Europe, only three of these so-called megaherbivores—European bison, moose, and aurochs—were still found in the subsequent geological ...


Belarus, Romania consider bison exchange program
Belarus News (BelTA)
The main aim of the exchange is to improve gene pools of bison populations. Romania reports an excessive number of male bisons while Belarus has ...


The Mighty Return Of Tatanka
Mountain Journal
Elder Lois Red Elk was among those who welcomed the arrival of 55 bison bulls from ... started to return to Tribal land during the past several years.
Bison hunt orientation set for September
Char-Koosta News
The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes announce the beginning of the 2019-2020 Off Reservation Wild Bison Hunt Orientations. Each CSKT ...
Native American culture on display at Nanticoke Powwow
Delaware State News
MILLSBORO — Tribal land in a wooded area several miles east of ... Hungry spectators will have such Native American food options as bison burgers, ...
Bison remain focus of Blackfoot traditions, SACPA told
Lethbridge Herald
Then those bison herds were slaughtered by 19th century hunters and ... he added, they served as a kind of supermarket — providing meat, hides, ...
Mural artist brightens look of Rapid City church
Yankton Daily Press
The bottom of the mural has a large bald eagle and altar with a bison skull; images of the Black Hills, prairie and Bear Butte; and a red, yellow, ... Smith was born in Orem, Utah, and is from the Standing Rock and Navajo nations.
"Bison Crossing" in Montana (video)
KRTV Great Falls News
According to Carlson, the Tribe now has more than 600 bison in a herd meant to revive that economy by selling meat while also providing healthy food ...
Reviving an artistic tradition
Tribal lore says that as the Dhegiha people were moving they came upon the ... The Quapaw diet, she explained, consisted of bison as well as deer, ...
'Buffalo Stone' Could Give Insight Into Blackfeet History
"When the chambers break off, they naturally have this bison shape. ... John Murray is the tribal historic preservation officer for the Blackfeet Nation in ...
Oklahoma tribes, USDA leadership building partnerships
Tahlequah Daily Press
Food served during the evening social and the following day's lunch utilized food from the tribes of Oklahoma: The bison, the beef steak, vegetables ...
Bison on the loose in Black Hills
Rapid City Journal
... supervisor of the Black Hills National Forest, said Wednesday that 15 to 17 bison belonging to a coalition of Native American tribes are on the loose.
New museum highlights Minnesota history from Dakota perspective
Mankato Free Press
New museum highlights Minnesota history from Dakota perspective ... Hunting bison was important but was less central to life for the Dakota people in ...
'A new era': First Nations celebrate new signatories to historic Buffalo Treaty in Maskwacis
Edmonton Sun
But the area, called Bison Lake, had no bison left. ... The four new signatories — Ermineskin Cree Nation, Montana Cree Band, Woodland Cree First ...

31 bison from Grand Canyon sent to Oklahoma tribe
Arizona Daily Sun
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Over 30 bison roaming Grand Canyon National Park's northern reaches are joining a herd in Oklahoma.
Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel honored for its cultural tourism program
Pacific Northwest Inlander
The Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel was honored as “Tribal Destination of the ... Owned and managed by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, the property has ... Tribe and its history through hands-on tours and experiences like a bison ...

Don’t take your buffalo to town, son

Dad and Mom arrived in Minnesota in 1946 and met Horace Neely, who told my father, “Go east young man.” So Dad bought a farm east of town.

Years later, the charger in the barn on that farm was blinking unhappily. There was a problem with the electric fence. It needed to be checked. That was an opportunity for me to walk the fence and get in my steps without knowing about getting in my steps.

The cows had breached the electric fence. They were out. How did they know the fence wasn’t working? Could their ears detect it? Was there one cow, I’ll call her Cora, who was designated to test an electric wire each day to see if it were operating? Perhaps she touched it with her tail and if she didn’t get zapped, the herd knew they could overpower the unarmed fence. Cora had a responsible position that could result in future leadership roles.

I thought of that when a neighbor called to report escaped humongous herbivores. One American bison was rumored to have hoofed it to town. I imagined a resident of that fine city watching the movie “Dances With Wolves” and looking up from the TV to see a buffalo in the yard without Kevin Costner.

Bison ranchers try to corral lawmakers, regulators
High Plains Journal
A delegation of 25 U.S. bison ranchers and marketers from 12 states recently headed to Washington, D.C. for the National Bison Association's annual ...
Hoeven's bill calls for federal distinction between buffalo and bison products
Ripon Advance
Hoeven's bill calls for federal distinction between buffalo and bison ... USA, the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, the Colorado Farm Bureau, and the ...
Bennet hails his buffalo bill as truth in labeling
... aren't passing off meat from water buffalo as good old American bison, the kind that's a budding industry in Western states such as Colorado.
DVM & Business
Anthrax killed 7 animals in Saskatchewan. Here's what you need to know about the disease
The illness can have “devastating effects” on grazing animals such as cattle, bison, sheep, horses and goats, according to the Canadian Food ...
CDC case study finds deer with tuberculosis can transmit bacteria to people
... in deer, cattle, bison, and elk which can be spread to humans and cause TB. ... Michigan and Minnesota are the only states where TB in wildlife ...

What's in Woodburn's backyard? 13000-year-old bones
Pamplin Media Group
More bison bones were found, and the partial skeleton sits completed in his classroom. Two years later, another bison skull was discovered.
Idaho artifacts show human presence in Americas 16600 years ago
... cats, the giant short-faced bear, horses, bison and camels roamed the continent's Ice Age landscape. ... “The Cooper's Ferry site contains the earliest radiocarbon-dated archaeological evidence in the Americas,” said Oregon State ...
Why are fossils more often male?
When you dig up an ancient bison leg, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the odds of it being a bull versus cow leg were roughly equal. But you'd be ...
Fossil Freeway takes travelers back in time
Rapid City Journal
Hudson-Meng, Northwestern Nebraska – This site is home to the discovery of hundreds of antique bison fossils, discovered in 1954 during the ...
Bison Antiquus Skeleton Discovered!
This year it was a bison which roamed near the Williston ND area, along with Wooly Mammoths, ... Clint Boyd , North Dakota State Paleontologist.
Saving America's Great Southern Grasslands
The Chattanoogan
... Interior Grasslands region, which includes the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama." ... By the early 1800s, the bison and elk were a distant memory, but wildfires still burned across parts of the ...
Gardens at Kansas State Fair welcome pollinators, serve as teaching tool
The Hutchinson News
The one in front of the education building on Bison Boulevard has plants indigenous to Kansas. “These are the plants that bees, butterflies and other ...
How a Tiny Plant Made a Big Comeback in West Virginia
Atlas Obscura
But when bison disappeared in the U.S., the running buffalo clover ... spotted since 1940—until a population was found in West Virginia 36 years ago.
See grasses in all their glory at a suburban tallgrass prairie
Chicago Daily Herald
Hence, it's widely used in habitat restoration and erosion control. Cattle find big bluestem tasty, as bison did before them, so it's often planted as forage ...
Canada's beautiful prairie grasslands are among the most endangered ecosystems in the world
We can all help by purchasing beef and bison meat that comes from native grassland, where many livestock producers manage the grass in ways that ...
Stewart Brings Back its Bison Liver Pro-Treats
Pet Business Magazine (blog)
Bison Liver treats are made with one single ingredient, sourced and made in the U.S. Bison liver supports optimal health and is a source of thiamin, ...
11-year-old Bellevue girl serves as National Parks Trust ambassador
Scottsbluff Star Herald
Joslyn, a student at Fairview Elementary, is able to stay a Buddy Bison ... She and her family hope to go to Minnesota, where there are five national ...
Awareness group helps those with allergy after tick bite
Joplin Globe
He'd break out into hives about six hours after eating red meat. “The first ... The molecule is found in meat such as pork, beef, venison, bison and goat.
Historical Society exhibit highlights the curious, creepy
Mankato Free Press
Historical Society exhibit highlights the curious, creepy ... The bison leg, with the severed portion covered with silk, purportedly came from the Custer's ...
UA Professors Look At How Humans And Animals Change Each Other
Topics include dogs' minds, bison as humans' partners, herring hunts and ... access the University of Arizona website at
Bison Meat

USDA Monthly Bison Report
Study: Too much red, processed meat linked to shorter lives WCSH-WLBZ
... she recommends trying healthier types – like grass fed beef which contains more omega-3's – or wild meats like bison, or even elk, which are lower ...
The nutritional and flavor benefits of bison | Quinn on Nutrition
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Bison meat doesn't come from the herd of 1,300 we saw roaming in the wildlife preserve of Custer State Park, however. It is produced commercially ...
Better than beef: Dietitian-approved appetizers for game day that use game meat
The average American eats 222 pounds of red meat and poultry per year. There are other types of red meat like bison, venison and elk that were ...
Hoeven's bill calls for federal distinction between buffalo and bison products
Ripon Advance
Hoeven's bill calls for federal distinction between buffalo and bison ... USA, the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, the Colorado Farm Bureau, and the ...


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also will consider more protection for the Mojave poppy bee of Nevada. Officials rejected petitions to protect Yellowstone National Park’s bison herds.

Wildlife advocates have campaigned for decades to halt the routine slaughter of bison migrating out of Yellowstone to reach their winter grazing grounds in Montana. The burly animals, also known as buffalo, once numbered in the tens of millions before overhunting reduced them to just a few small herds. Officials say the numbers now are stable.

Bid to protect bison fails, others proceed
... rare desert flowers in Nevada. Wildlife advocates have campaigned for decades to halt the routine slaughter of bison migrating out of Yellowstone to ...

Yellowstone bison moved to Montana
Fairfield Sun Times
CODY — Interrupted and delayed by sabotage, an ambitious project to transfer Yellowstone National Park bison to Native American tribes on the Fort ...

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Eating bison to restore bison
The National Bison Association, the USDA's Farmers' Market Promotion ... by to show us the versatility of this deliciously healthy, all-American meat.
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Support the NBA’s Blockchain Transparency and Traceability Program with Tag Purchases

It’s getting close to that time of year. It's time to work the herd!
As you prepare to work your animals this year, don’t forget about the NBA’s traceability and transparency initiatives. In order to participate, you will need to tag your animals with USDA approved 840 EID tags.

By tagging with official 840 tags, you can not only become compliant with upcoming USDA regulations, you will be able to register the tag numbers in our new blockchain-based data system. This data will be used for upcoming NBA transparency projects and partnerships in an effort to show the consumer “where your food comes from”.
We’ve made it easy to buy 840 tags and supplies by offering them directly on the NBA website's tag store. You can purchase tags, applicators, readers, and other supplies necessary to tag your animals. Special prices have been negotiated on behalf of the NBA and a portion of the proceeds go the NBA to help subsidize programs.
If you have any questions about tagging or the program, please feel free to contact Gregg Barfield at

For Immediate Release:                           Further Information:
September 16, 2019                                Dave Carter 
Hoeven, Bennet Introduce Bill to Stop Deceptively Labeled Water Buffalo Products
Bill Aims to Halt Water Buffalo Being Marketed to Mimic Bison
           WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 16, 2019) - U.S. Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Michael Bennet, along with Mike Braun (R-IN) and Tina Smith (D-MN), today introduced the Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act, which will provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with clear authority to stop water buffalo meat and ingredients from being marketed only as "buffalo" in the U.S. marketplace.
           The National Bison Association worked with Senators Hoeven and Bennet to develop the legislation after deceptively labeled water buffalo meat and pet food ingredients started entering the U.S. marketplace three years ago, creating confusion for consumers.
           If enacted, the bill will require any water buffalo meat or ingredients marketed in the United States to be labeled as "water buffalo" and not just as "buffalo."
           "We are extremely grateful to Senators Hoeven, Bennet and their colleagues who are standing up for the bison ranchers, and for the customers who are looking to buy sustainably raised North American bison products," said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association. "We have worked hard to build a relationship of trust with our customers. This bill helps us maintain that trust."
           The legislation will be assigned to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee.
           The Truth in Buffalo Labeling bill has been endorsed by the InterTribal Buffalo Council, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, R-CALF USA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and several regional agricultural organizations.
           Similar legislation is being developed in the House of Representatives.
           A delegation of 25 bison ranchers and marketers will be in Washington, D.C. Sept. 17-20 to urge passage of the legislation.

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