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NCBA President Marty Smith Explains Key Issues Need Face-To-Face Discussion As That Group's Summer Meeting Gets Underway In Denver
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 09:37:58 CDT
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association summer business meeting is underway in Denver, Colo. and President Marty Smith talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about some of the issues the group is discussing.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Marty Smith
Like everybody else we have used technology for virtual meetings, but we’re faced with some difficult challenges and there are a lot of divergent opinions, Smith said. The virtual meetings allowed everybody to voice their positions, but we are so used to meeting and making our deals in person and felt if we are going to make any progress we had to meet in person, Smith said.
One of the key issues the cattle group is working on has deep roots in the industry.
The one that everybody is talking about is live cattle marketing, Smith said. This has been around since the beginning of a cattlemen’s organization, but the Holcomb fire last year and the Covid deal hit us hard, Smith said.
We had appointed a working group to study this issue six months before any of this happened, he said.
Another item on the agenda is the coronavirus food assistance program funds.
We were front and center asking President Trump in March alerting him to the problems we faced, Smith said. Within six hours we received a phone call from the White House and got Congress to act quickly, Smith said.
The NCBA president noted it’s not ideal as the USDA is not in the business of working with cattle payments as evidenced by the arbitrary April 15 cutoff date for marketing cattle.
We are working everyday to fix some of the problems and are seeking additional funds, Smith said.
The Florida cattleman added he is hopeful they will get that done before the election in November.
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