DENVER — 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
As the country’s oldest and largest organization
representing the cattle industry, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association 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.
“This year’s membership drive focusing on partnership,
process and legacy hits the mark,” Ellis said. “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
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” he said.
“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
A NCBA membership not only helps support efforts in
Washington, but comes with great benefits, including a one-liter bottle of
Dectomax pour-on from Zoetis and discounts from New Holland Agriculture, Roper
and Stetson boots and apparel, John Deere, Cabela’s and Caterpillar.