NCBA Happy To See The Return Of Vilsack

Tom Vilsack is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to head the USDA. And many in the Ag community are happy to see the return of Vilsack, who spent eight years as Ag Secretary under President Obama. Ethan Lane with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said it’s great to have Vilsack back. “We have a relationship with […]

NCBA Rolls Out New Event for 2021

Last week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association announced the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention Winter Reboot. Planned for February 23-24, the event allows the organization to come together for industry news, updates, education and networking. NCBA said Winter Reboot attendees will receive a sneak peek into plans for the Cattle Industry Convention and the Cattlemen’s College, […]

Cattle Groups Discuss need for Beef Industry Reforms

Cattle groups met in Florida last week to discuss reforms to the beef industry. The meetings included the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, the Organization for Competitive Markets, and R-CALF USA. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the nation’s largest cattle group, was invited but did not participate. NCBA President Marty Smith stated, “NCBA will not participate in […]

“Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner,” Returning for the Holidays

The holidays may look a little different in 2020. However, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Beef Checkoff want one thing to remain the same, and that’s beef. “Beef. It’s What’s for Holiday Dinner.” For the first time since 2003, the iconic “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” brand will be on television. It will […]

NCBA Releases Price Discovery Proposal

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association released its proposal over the weekend for voluntary cattle market price discovery. In a letter to NCBA members, NCBA President Marty Smith said the proposal “lays out a plan to increase negotiated trade and incentivize each of the major packers’ participation in such negotiated trade.” An NCBA working group came […]

PRICE Act Would Make Changes to Cattle Markets, Johnson Says

Late last week, South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson introduced the Price Reform in Cattle Economics Act. Johnson, a House Ag Committee member, said the bill would increase transparency in the cattle market, as well as improve risk management for producers and support new and existing meat processors. Johnson said the PRICE Act is a response […]

Intern Opportunity for Young People at the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention

College students have an opportunity to attend the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, February 1st through the 5th. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is looking for a team of interns to gain firsthand experience and be able to interact with leaders of every segment of the cattle and beef industry. […]

USDA Provides Cattle Market Investigation Update, Ag Community Reaction Mixed

On Wednesday, the USDA released a report on its ongoing boxed beef and fed cattle price spread investigation. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the closure of the Tyson beef packing plant following a fire at the facility in Holcomb, Kansas, and the COVID-19 pandemic, “clearly disrupted the markets and processing systems responsible for the production […]

Bill Would Allow State-inspected Meat Sales Across State Lines

New legislation introduced in the House of Representatives would allow state-inspected meat sales across state lines through e-commerce. The bill introduced last week by South Dakota Republican Dusty Johnson and Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar, would allow small producers and processors more options to directly market to consumers. The legislation, according to Johnson, “cuts through red […]

NCBA Applauds Emergency Grazing Legislation

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applauded the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral PASTURE Act of 2020. PASTURE stands for Pandemic Authority Suitable To Utilize Easements. The Bill was introduced in the House by Kansas Republican Roger Marshall and Minnesota Democrat Angie Craig. Companion legislation in the Senate was introduced by South Dakota Republican John Thune […]