NCBA wraps up influential legislative conference in D.C.

USAgNet - 04/22/2024

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) successfully concluded its Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., marking another year of robust advocacy for cattle producers. Over three days, more than 300 attendees engaged with lawmakers and federal agencies, discussing pressing issues affecting their industry.

NCBA President Mark Eisele, alongside ranchers from across the U.S., held meetings with key representatives and agencies including the USDA, EPA, and the Fish and Wildlife Service, focusing on how policies enacted in Washington impact their operations. These interactions underscored the real-world consequences of legislative decisions on agricultural livelihoods far beyond the capital.

Key discussions during the conference revolved around the upcoming Farm Bill, with emphasis on enhancing animal health, streamlining disaster relief, and expanding risk management and voluntary conservation programs. Producers advocated for a reduction in regulatory burdens that hinder their operational efficiency and competitiveness.

Another significant aspect of the conference was addressing the protection of the industry from threats such as foreign animal diseases and defending against unfounded criticisms from animal rights groups. The engagement at the conference demonstrated NCBA’s commitment to ensuring that the voices of real cattle producers are heard in the halls of power, contrasting sharply with the less direct approaches of other advocacy groups.

The event not only facilitated crucial conversations but also reinforced NCBA's role as a pivotal player in shaping agricultural policy through genuine grassroots involvement. By participating in these dialogues, NCBA members actively contribute to the development of policies that safeguard and promote the interests of the farming and ranching communities across the nation.

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