The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has set 2011 policy priorities ahead of the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Tradeshow scheduled for February 2-5 in Denver. According to NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall, five major priorities for the organization have been identified that will be discussed in great detail during the annual gathering of U.S. cattlemen and women. They are trade; transportation; environment; competition; and healthy herd cattle and consumers.
Woodall says NCBA members have reason to attend this year's convention with optimism about the future of this industry. U.S. beef exports were near record levels in 2010, a trend Woodall says is likely to continue in 2011. He said the signs are in place to suggest another strong year but emphasized the importance of ratifying pending free trade agreements and pursuing additional opportunities for U.S. beef.
Woodall said NCBA is focused on making transportation more efficient for cattle producers by passing policy that makes weight limits the same in all states. Also, he said EPA has gone on a regulatory rampage. And the Department of Interior recently announced new rules that would threaten producers' ability to graze their livestock on public lands. This practice, which is good for the land, wildlife and livestock is absolutely critical in the West.