01-30-17 Beef Checkoff Study: Selling U.S. Beef to the Rest of the World

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Beef Checkoff Study: Selling U.S. Beef to the Rest of the World

beef-checkoffs-role-013017You know that the beef produced in the United States is delicious, nutritious and safe to eat. But did you know that consumers in more than 80 countries worldwide know that, too, thanks in part to your beef-checkoff investments?

Foreign marketing of U.S. beef makes sense when you know that 95 percent of the global population – and 80 percent of the global buying power – is outside of U.S. borders. With the global population projected to nearly double by 2050, it’s easy to see that exports of U.S. beef represent a growth opportunity for U.S. beef producers.

The checkoff is helping to increase exports of U.S. beef to consumers across the globe from Japan to the Middle East, Mexico to Russia, Taiwan, Europe and more. See an example of marketing efforts in Sweden in this video.

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01-23-17 NCBA: Cattlemen Express Concerns With Trump Administration’s Trade Action

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NCBA: Cattlemen Express Concerns With Trump Administration’s Trade Action

“Sparking a trade war with Canada, Mexico, and Asia will only lead to higher prices for American-produced beef in those markets,” NCBA Say

WASHINGTON (Jan. 23, 2017) — Tracy Brunner, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and may seek to take action on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): Continue reading

01-18-17 NCBA: Cattlemen Support Nomination of Gov. Perdue to Lead USDA

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NCBA: Cattlemen Support Nomination of Gov. Perdue to Lead U.S. Department of Agriculture

WASHINGTON (Jan. 18, 2017) – Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today released the following statement in support of President-elect Trump’s nomination of former Gov. Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

“Governor Perdue’s an excellent pick to head the Agriculture Department. As a lifelong agri-businessman and veterinarian, as well as the two-term governor of a state where agriculture’s the largest industry, Gov. Perdue has a unique and expert understanding of both the business and scientific sides of agriculture. In a time of increasing regulations and a growing governmental footprint, we have no doubt that Gov. Perdue will step in and stand up for rural America so that we can continue to do what we do best – provide the safest and most abundant food supply in the world.” Continue reading

01-18-17 NCBA: Administration Pushes Forward with Organic Marketing Rule

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NCBA: Administration Pushes Forward with Organic Marketing Rule

-Disregards Stakeholder Comments

WASHINGTON (Jan. 17, 2017) WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) – NCBA President Tracy Brunner released the following statement in response to the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service’s Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule:

“The Obama Administration has bowed to the whims and demands of animal activists rather than talking to the industry as a whole to see what is best for the program and for consumers. This rule sends a clear signal that an activist agenda is more important to the outgoing Administration than any true attempt to clarify a consumer’s perception of what ‘organic’ means. Continue reading

01-17-17 NCBA: Cattlemen Call on U.S. Senate to Confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

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NCBA: Cattlemen Call on U.S. Senate to Confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON (Jan. 17, 2017) The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works expressing strong support for the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and called for his swift confirmation.

“As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Mr. Pruitt led the fight to bring common sense back to environmental regulation and he was an unrivaled defender of private property rights,” NCBA’s President, Tracy Brunner, said in the letter. “In fact, in 2015 the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association honored Mr. Pruitt with its Distinguished Service Award for his dedication to those principles.” Continue reading

01-13-17 NCBA: Supreme Court Agrees to take EPA WOTUS Rule

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NCBA Supreme Court Agrees to take EPA WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON (Jan. 13, 2017) — Scott Yager, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association environmental counsel, today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant the cert petition for the industry coalition lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency on its “waters of the United States” rule:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to hear our appeal is a victory for America’s cattle producers and all private property owners across the country. It shows that the Court has a continued interest in private property rights and we look forward to oral arguments this spring.”

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America’s cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy.  As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef.  Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or membership@beef.org.

01-07-17 What’s Up with Your Beef Checkoff Program?

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What’s Up with Your Beef Checkoff Program?

Interactive 2016 CBB annual report highlights results

The 2016 Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Annual Report now is available to provide results of Beef Checkoff Programs to the beef producers and importers who invest in this national self-help program. Located at http://2016annualreport.beefboard.org/, the report is offered in electronic form only, though the publishing program allows for interactive examples of checkoff programs and conversion to a pdf document for easy self-printing. Continue reading

12-22-16 Beef Checkoff Study: Beef Maintains Favorable Tenderness Ratings

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Beef Checkoff Study: Beef Maintains Favorable Tenderness Ratings

Favorable tenderness ratings for beef steaks, which have improved significantly since 1990, have remained steady over the past five years, recent research shows. This quality retention has occurred despite environmental and financial challenges that could have derailed its progress. The beef checkoff-funded 2015/2016 National Beef Tenderness Survey was conducted at Texas A&M University, which has surveyed beef tenderness regularly since 1990.

“Despite some challenges over the past ten years, including drought, fluctuating supply and rising input costs, the tenderness of the beef being produced in the United States has remained steady, and often improved,” according to Jeffrey Savell, Ph.D., the lead investigator of the research at Texas A&M. “Beef is delivering a good eating experience to consumers, and this research suggests the industry is keeping its eye on the ball when it comes to protecting the improvements in tenderness it has made.” Continue reading

12-22-16 NCBA Applauds USTR for Defending U.S. Beef from European Mistreatment

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NCBA Applauds USTR for Defending U.S. Beef from European Mistreatment

WASHINGTON (Dec. 22, 2016) – Today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced it will start the process of reinstating retaliatory tariffs on goods and products from the European Union due to the E.U.’s unfair treatment of U.S. beef. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner applauds USTR Ambassador Michael Froman for standing up for the U.S. beef industry and taking action in defense of U.S. beef producers.

“The European Union has left us no choice but to seek compensation for the long-standing mistreatment of U.S. beef exports,” said Brunner. “Our temporary agreement with the E.U. was meant to be an opportunity to build a bridge of trust between U.S. beef producers and E.U. consumers, and to compensate the United States for the losses we have suffered as a result of the E.U.’s hormone ban. The E.U. has violated the spirit of that agreement and caused U.S. beef exports to become a minority interest in a quota meant to compensate U.S. beef producers.” Continue reading

12-14-16 NCBA: Administration Releases Destructive GIPSA Rules

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Administration Releases Destructive GIPSA Rules

WASHINGTON (Dec. 14, 2016) – Jeopardizing U.S. livestock producers, USDA released their final rulemaking on the 2010 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act. Tracy Brunner, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president said these provisions are very similar to the 2010 proposed rules that industry groups have consistently voiced concern over. He also pointed out that Congress has repeatedly defunded the rules due to the staggering harm they would cause industry.

“The GIPSA rules are especially troubling to the cattle industry,” said Brunner. “As we have consistently stated, if adopted, this rulemaking will drastically limit the way our producers can market cattle and open the floodgates to baseless litigation. In a time of down cattle markets, the last thing USDA needs to do is limit opportunity. The fact of the matter is, we don’t trust the government to meddle in the marketplace.”   Continue reading

12-14-16 Beef Checkoff: Increase in U.S. Beef Production Leads to Lower Beef Prices at the Meat Case

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Increase in U.S. Beef Production Leads to Lower Beef Prices at the Meat Case

Good News for Consumers Shopping for Beef this Holiday Season

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — As consumers shop at the meat case this holiday season and into the new year, they’ll see lower retail prices on beef, including popular holiday cuts like the tenderloin and rib roast. Continue reading

12-09-16 NCBA: Congress Provides Necessary Relief from EPA’s SPCC Regulations

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Congress Provides Necessary Relief from EPA’s SPCC Regulations

WASHINGTON (Dec. 10, 2016) – Statement by Scott Yager, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association environmental counsel on the Congressional passage of The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which includes a provision to provide regulatory relief for farms from the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule for farms. Continue reading

12-02-16 NCBA: Cattlemen’s Organization Conducts Aggressive Membership Campaign

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Cattlemen’s Organization Conducts Aggressive Membership Campaign

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Emphasizes ‘Tough Times Require a Tough Team’

DENVER, COLO. (Dec. 2, 2016) – A hard-hitting, two-month membership campaign is being conducted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to strengthen the U.S. cattle producer’s voice in Washington, D.C. on issues critical to both individual cattlemen and women and the nation’s cattle industry. The “Tough Times Require a Tough Team” campaign will run through Jan. 31, 2017, and features benefits to cattle producers that are both immediate and long term.

“Cattlemen and women have a great NCBA team fighting on their behalf in Washington, D.C. every day, but a bigger team means a bigger voice,” according to Tracy Brunner, a Kansas cattleman and NCBA president. “The cattle producer’s enhanced voice in our nation’s capital can improve the business environment for U.S. beef cattle operations and help us keep those operations running today and well into the future.”

Brunner said burdensome regulations are just a part of the challenging landscape cattle producers are facing that needs to be addressed. Working with current and incoming legislators on future farm bills, the viability of U.S. beef in the global marketplace and laws that impact how producers conduct their businesses daily is also essential.

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12-02-16 NCBA: Proposed Tax Regulation Threaten Multigenerational Cattle Operations

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Proposed Tax Regulation Threaten Multigenerational Cattle Operations

Cattlemen Call for Proposed IRS Regulation to be Withdrawn

WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2016) – The Internal Revenue Service hosted a public hearing today on a Department of Treasury proposed rule that would eliminate or greatly reduce available valuation discounts for family-related entities. Kevin Kester, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association vice president, said the regulation would effectively discourage families from continuing to operate or grow their businesses and passing them on to future generations. Continue reading

12-02-16 NCBA Showcases Cattle Operation’s Conservation Practices

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NCBA Showcases Cattle Operation’s Conservation Practices

Maryland Farm Contributes to Improved Chesapeake Bay Watershed

WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Catoctin and Frederick Soil Conservation Districts hosted an event today to highlight the successful conservation efforts by farmers and ranchers that have led to the improvement of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Scott Yager NCBA’s Environmental Counsel said voluntary conservation efforts have proven successful at Hedgeapple Farm, an Angus operation located in Frederick, Md.

“We know the one-size-fits-all approach to conservation doesn’t work and when given the incentive and flexibility to find the conservation practices that work for their operation, farmers and ranchers will always do what’s best to steward the land,” said Yager. “For Hedgeapple Farm, they have developed a business model that is economically and environmentally sustainable, optimizing the use of on-farm resources such as pasture, hay, and water.” Continue reading

11-15-16 NCBA: Beef Industry’s Best, Brightest to Share Insights at Cattlemen’s College in Nashville Jan. 31 – Feb. 1

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Beef Industry’s Best, Brightest to Share Insights at
Cattlemen’s College in Nashville Jan. 31 – Feb. 1

Latest Research, Innovative Techniques will Improve Cattle Operations

Leading authorities in the cattle industry will be sharing their experience and knowledge in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2017, offering cattlemen and women practical information that can be turned into profit-building ideas at the 24th annual Cattlemen’s College. The event, which kicks off the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, is sponsored by Zoetis and coordinated by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Continue reading

11-09-16 NCBA Statement Regarding the 2016 National Election

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NCBA Statement Regarding the 2016 National Election

Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner following the 2016 national election:

“Although it is still too early to determine what exactly this election will mean for our priorities, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association remains committed to expanding access to foreign markets, fighting burdensome federal regulations and ensuring the continued health of our herd and industry. I am proud to see that across the nation, the majority of candidates and incumbents we, and our state affiliates supported through the NCBA Political Action Committee, were elected or re-elected. Continue reading

10-14-16 NCBA: USDA Moves Forward with Flawed GIPSA Rules

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USDA Moves Forward with Flawed GIPSA Rules

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2016) – In a letter to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, USDA acknowledged that the agency would continue the rulemaking process on the 2010 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act proposed rules. The proposed rulemaking was initially undertaken in 2010 and quickly defunded by Congress which recognized them as a flawed concept that limits producers’ marketing options while adding layers of bureaucracy and opening the door to litigation. NCBA President Tracy Brunner said these provisions were troubling in 2010 and remain a major concern six years later.

“The GIPSA rules, as they pertain to cattle producers, are extremely troubling to our industry at a time when we are already grappling with volatile futures markets and a fragile cash market,” said Brunner. “Rather than working to help ensure producers have accurate price information in a productive way, like ensuring Mandatory Price Reporting is a critical government function, unaffected by future government shutdowns; USDA is expending time and resources to push forward outdated rules to regulate an industry that never requested their assistance. These rules were flatly rejected by cattle producers six years ago and a strong bi-partisan majority in Congress expressed their continual disapproval through a half-decade of defunding.” Continue reading

09-30-16 NCBA and PLC Accepting Applications for Spring Internships

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NCBA and PLC Accepting Applications for Spring Internships

-Open Positions Include Public Policy Intern and Semester Law Clerk 

WASHINGTON (Sept. 30, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for a 2017 Spring public policy intern as well as a semester law clerk. The deadline to submit an application for either position is Oct. 22, 2016. Continue reading

09-27-16 NCBA: NCF Accepting Applications for CME Beef Industry Scholarship

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NCF Accepting Applications for CME Beef Industry Scholarship

DENVER (Sept. 27NCF - National Cattlemans Foundation logo, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for 2017-2018 beef industry scholarships sponsored by CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.

“The CME Beef Industry Scholarship represents an investment in the future of the cattle business. By helping the next generation of cattlemen and women further their education, CME Group is helping to advance the future of the U.S. agricultural economy,” said Tim Andriesen, CME Group Managing Director of Agricultural Products. “Our partnership with the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and NCBA has spanned nearly three decades, and during that time, we’ve underscored the importance of risk management to the beef industry while contributing to the education of tomorrow’s industry leaders.” Continue reading