Looking Ahead to the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention in Denver with Scott Dewald of OCASun, 30 Jan 2011 22:50:01 CST
Cattle producers from around the country (and from several other countries as well) will be gathering this week in Denver, Colorado for the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show at the Denver Convention Center.
According to Scott Dewald, there are three issues that are critical to him as the top hired hand for the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association as he helps represent Oklahoma interests at this year's policy setting meetings. At the top of Dewald's list is the problem with the Eastern Livestock debacle of millions of dollars of hot checks that were given to cattle producers with those involved with the company knowing full well those checks would not be honored. Dewald says we need to try to minimize the economic damage done to those producers caught holding those checks that had no funds attached to them. At the same time, he wonders why GIPSA should be allowed to move forward with their rules that could change the way we market livestock in the country when they could not adequately protect producers from a situation that many believe they knew was going to happen and did nothing to stop Eastern Livestock from doing so much harm to so many people. Dewald says its fair to ask GIPSA what they knew and when they knew it- and he believes that USDA needs to be transparent with their answers.
Dewald is excited about the beef export results of the first eleven months of 2010- and feels that the overall results for 2010 as well as the early results we will be getting in a few days for 2011 will continue tell a great story for US cattle producers.
A third issue that Dwald believes will be talked about a lot in Denver is the victory scored by small business owners and farmers and ranchers regarding Estate Tax reform. Dewald says it's important that the celebration is brief, as we need to tackle now how to get the exemptions established by the eleventh hour compromise that included GOP leaders and President Obama made permanent. The two year extension will blow by us all in short order- and we need to promote either a longer term extension or a finalization of the Estate tax levels at current levels.
We talk about these issues and lot more with Scott Dewald- and we have a full preview of the Cattle Industry Conference with Scott Dewald by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
In addition to the Denver meeting, our conversation includes information on Dewald's take on the keys for rural Oklahoma in the 2011 State Legislative Session.
CLick here for the NCBA Blog for more tidbits from the 2011 Convention
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