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NCBA Approves Dues Increase for 2010

Sat, 30 Jan 2010 11:28:47 CST

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has raised their dues for the first time in six years, with an average increase of about 8%. NCBA Chief Executive Officer told us on Friday here in San Antonio that this would be getting the dues back to about where they were six years ago, when dues were lowered. Roberts said that the Association had gone through some streamlining and belt tightening over the last 12 to 18 months, as requested by the Executive Committee, and that with that done, they were looking at the second element of that component of having enough resources to run the organization- and that was through a dues increase.


NCBA reported a total of 30,550 members as we begin 2010, down 391 from one year ago- total revenue from dues totalled $739,297 this past year, a drop of some $81,000 from one year ago.


NCBA dues are based on what segment of the beef cattle business you are a part of- and on how many head of cattle you have. Minimum dues to belong as a producer was proposed to be $100.


After explaining the dues structure, a video of a HSUS appeal for funds was shown, where HSUS asks for $19 per month for people to save animals from cruelty. It was filled with pictures of dogs and cats, one horse and one downer cow. HSUS clearly was asking people to give to help with saving pets from cruel treatment, but as NCBA President Gary Voogt pointed out as the video ended, HSUS uses the money for other purposes. Voogt told members, "for $19 a month, you can help put the beef cattle industry in the United States out of business." He reminded members that this organization (HSUS) is strongly opposed to animal agriculture and that they have a lot of resources.

No further discussion was offered- and the policy members of the NCBA voted without opposition for the dues increase.


Click on the Listen Bar below for the comments made by Gary Voogt about HSUS leading up to the dues increase vote.



   

 

NCBA President Gary Voogt Reacts to HSUS TV ad raising money by infering donations go mostly to help pets.
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