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When you buy meat at the store, there's a label showing what country the meat came from. Some cattle and beef organizations are trying to get rid of that practice, known as country of origin labeling. But others say that's just taking a step backwards.

"The practice was put into place in the 2002 farm bill. It was delayed because of these same opponents who filed this case. They were actually lobbying congress to not fund the law. So we went from 2002 to 2008 never seeing the law even though it was on the bus," says Executive Vice President Jess Peterson, U.S. Cattlemen's Association.

Opponents of the program have said it's too expensive and would hurt beef exports. But Peterson says it's a needed program that benefits the rancher and gives choices to the consumer.

"If they want to buy American they can. If they don't that's their decision. But we should allow that and provide that information to them," says Peterson.

North Dakota rancher Dwight Keller says it's a critical program that allows ranchers like him to make their product stand out.

"I'm actually in the purebred business and differentiating your product is really what it's all about. You take purebred providers who have been in the business for three, four generations, they've developed their name and it's given them the ability to grow and prosper."

An ability he says would be taken away without the program.

For more information visit www.uscooldefensefund.org.

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