Federation of State Beef Councils Awards Grants

Jamie Johansen

The Federation of State Beef Councils has awarded seven grants totaling $77,850 to six state beef councils for programs aimed at enhancing beef demand in their states. The awards, part of the Federation Initiative Fund program, were announced at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver Aug. 2. The Federation Initiative Fund is managed by the Federation Executive Committee, …

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, CBB, NCBA

NCBA's Update From Washington

Jamie Johansen

NCBA’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Kristina Butts, was on-hand during last week’s Cattle Industry’s Summer Conference to update producers on current and future issues the Washington office is tackling. “Washington is always an interesting place in a midterm election year. The one thing NCBA is really focused our efforts on this year is more on the regulatory side of a …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Government, NCBA

NCBA CEO Expresses Upbeat Spirits Towards Next Fiscal Year

Jamie Johansen

Cattlemen’s grassroots organization, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), held their annual Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, CO. last week. Producers and state organizations gathered to tackle and plan the coming year. Forrest Roberts, NCBA CEO, commented on the event and shared what we can see throughout the next fiscal year in terms of policy and markets. “This conference is …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, NCBA

NCBA's Environmental Committee Brings Packed House

Jamie Johansen

Ashley McDonald, Environmental Council for NCBA, talked about what is on everybody’s minds here at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference. Waters of the United States (WOTUS) has become a household phrase over the last couple of months and she highlighted NCBA’s efforts to eliminate the EPA’s term ‘navigable’ from the Clean Water Act. “We are in the midst of …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Audio, Beef, environment, NCBA, Water

Policy Talks Underway at Cattle Industry Summer Conference

Jamie Johansen

The 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference is well underway here in Denver, CO. Cattlemen and women have gathered to discuss pressing issues affecting producers nationwide. I sat down with Philip Ellis, 2014 NCBA President Elect and he shed some light into what the cattlemen’s organization is doing to advocate and educate. “We always have many issues at our summer conference. …

ADM, Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, CBB, NCBA, Policy

Cattlemen Commence to Talk Business at Summer Conference

Jamie Johansen

Cattle Industry Summer Conference is right around the corner and for the first time Animal.AgWired will be there to cover all the happenings. The 2014 event will feature meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, American National CattleWomen, Inc. and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Cattle industry members will meet in both NCBA Policy committees …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, NCBA

Ag Groups Challenge EPA Interpretive Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s promise that under the proposed rules defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) “all normal farming practices are exempt – period” may be falling on deaf ears in the agriculture community. McCarthy is visiting Missouri this week to explain the proposed rules but she faces an uphill battle from the …

AFBF, Beef, EPA, Government, NCBA, NPPC

EPA Chief to Explain Water Rule in Missouri

Cindy Zimmerman

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will travel to Missouri this week to defend and explain the Administration’s proposed rules defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA). “I’m hoping that this trip helps us ‘ditch the myths’ and misinformation,” said McCarthy during a media call this morning in an obvious reference to the American …

AFBF, Audio, environment, EPA, Government, Livestock, NCBA

WTO Decision on COOL Confidential For Now

Cindy Zimmerman

The World Trade Organization has reportedly made a decision on the case against the United States mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law by Canada and Mexico, but it may be some time yet before we hear what it is. “Sometimes there are additional questions, additional information that needs to be provided,” says National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Associate Director …

Audio, Beef, International, NCBA, Trade