Democrats brand beef deal a Daines blunder


Miles City rancher Fred Wacker, left, talks beef trade with Chinese representatives at a Maudlow trade summit in September arranged by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. The Montana Stockgrowers Association and eCommerce giant announced a $300 million beef deal in 2017.

Wacker is a third-generation Montana rancher. Cross Four Ranch operates in Custer and Rosebud Counties as a cow/calf, yearling, and a finished cattle operation.


The Montana Democratic Party says a trade-war-plagued sales agreement between the Montana Stockgrowers Association and online China grocer has all but fallen apart, for which Democrats blame U.S. Sen. Steve Daines.

In a press conference this week, Democrats said the agreement between the state’s largest cattle association and had produced nothing after three years. Three Montanans who currently own cattle or have owned cattle in the past shared

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