Texas Rancher Bob McCan Ready to Take the Reins of the NCBATue, 04 Feb 2014 06:34:43 CST
His cattle ranching roots date back to the 1800s- and Bob McCan's journey in the beef cattle business has included holding the position of President of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association- and currently- the job of President Elect of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. The word "Elect" will be removed from Bob's title at the end of this week, as he takes the reins of the largest cattle producer group in the country.
McCan is ready. He knows the issues. He understands the challenges and he has that air of optimism about him that cattle producers must have in order to be successful in today's beef cattle environment. As the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention was getting underway with board meetings, task force sessions and more- we caught up with Bob McCan outside the door of a meeting room he had spent several hours in discussing Border issues.
McCan says that as cattle producers gather in Nashville for the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention, he is already sensing a pretty positive mood, driven by high cattle prices and more reasonable feed grain prices.
He acknowledges there are challenges: the Renewable Fuel Standard, COOL, and the flash flood of Regulations that threaten to sweep away the ability of cattlemen and cattlewomen to be a part of the drive in America to help feed the world.
He expressed regret that the NCBA had to end up opposing the farm bill conference report, after fighting for livestock disaster assistance be made available retroactively for cattle producers- and for more conservation monies be targeted for cattle operations. However, he strongly defended the NCBA decision to oppose the Conference Report because of a lack of a fix on COOL as well as on oversight of GIPSA.
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