Cowboy Hats Head to Capitol Hill - 2015 NCBA Legislative ConferenceFri, 06 Mar 2015 18:38:10 CST
Cowboy hats and boots will be on the hill later on this month. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association will host its spring legislative conference March 24 - 26, 2015 in the nation's capital. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said it's always a great time to have members of NCBA come and interact with members of Congress and their staffers. He said cattlemen will address lawmakers on both the legislative and regulatory side and to make sure their voices are being heard.
Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays recent sat down with Woodall. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to listen to this Beef Buzz feature.
The top concern for cattle producers are the proposed dietary guidelines. Woodall said in looking at the recommendations that have come out, they are concerning. He said there is still a lot of steps before the final guidelines will come out at the end of year. The 'Waters of the US' proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency also ranks near the top.
"We know that will continue to be a push by the Administrator to move that thing forward," Woodall said. "And really the only opportunity we're going to have to kill it is going to congressional action. So it's going to be a great opportunity for cattle producers to really show the concern with this rule and to urge them to step up and shoot down EPA before they can finalize this particular 'WOTUS' proposal."
Woodall this legislative conference allows cattle producers in mass to come to Washington D.C. to meet with their own lawmakers as well as some of the key lawmakers that have some much influence on some of these issues that the cattle industry is most concerned about.
"This is the opportunity for the producers from back home to come to Washington, to talk one-on-one with the members of Congress and their staff and to make sure they truly understand that everything that happens in Washington D.C. has an impact on a grass-roots cattle producer," Woodall said. "That is why this meeting is so important. That's why we are encouraging producers to spend the time and the money to come to town to be a part of this, because it has a huge impact on us as an association being able to successful in all of our policy priorities."
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