DENVER (Oct. 21, 2013)— This coming year, Congress will address many legislative issues that directly affect cattlemen and women including border security, international trade and the continually increasing number of environmental regulations. As the country’s oldest and largest organization representing the cattle industry, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has a strong voice in Washington, D.C. and a great opportunity to represent the forceful, unified influence of America’s beef producers.
NCBA is urging more cattle producers to join in this fight. According to NCBA Policy Division Chair Philip Ellis, a fifth-generation rancher from Chugwater, Wyo., it is NCBA’s producers that give us the strength to advocate effectively in Washington D.C.
“This year’s membership drive focusing on partnership, process and legacy hits the mark,” said Ellis. “As cattlemen and women our legacy of growth, profitability and sustainability for future generations is key. And we are calling on all producers to not only join, but engage in the grassroots process to keep our industry strong. As cattle producers, we need to be engaged at the legislative and regulatory levels, but we also have to fight against groups like the Humane Society of the United States, that are actively working to put us out of business.”
Ellis said while we made great progress this past year, the year ahead continues to hold challenges for the cattle industry.
“We had a number of successes in this past year; thanks to our strong membership base, we were able to keep federal inspectors on the job during the furlough and we were able to keep HSUS out of the farm bill” according to Ellis. “But as we look to this next year, we expect Congress to discuss border security and the Trans Pacific Partnership, all while keeping an eye on overzealous federal regulation. My NCBA membership keeps me at the forefront of all of these issues.”