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Grass-Roots Policy Development Important Part of 2016 Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:57:05 CST

Grass-Roots Policy Development Important Part of 2016 Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego

Next week is the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego, California. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network’s Ron Hays will be providing coverage from the event. Cattle producers from across the nation will be in attendance. The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will be discussing the nation’s beef checkoff and how to maximize the $1 per head resources. Policy will be discussed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. NCBA Lead Lobbyist Colin Woodall said this meeting is all about grass-roots policy development that sets their legislative priorities for the year.

“This is the place where every NCBA member has the opportunity to come in and hear about the issues, hear from a myriad of speakers from across the industry and to truly understand what it is that we’re dealing with right now as an industry,” Woodall said. “But, more importantly it’s the opportunity to talk about the policy positions of NCBA, to debate those positions and ultimately vote on them, because the one thing that everybody needs to understand is that NCBA truly is a grass-roots organization. The policy that we implement here in Washington D.C. comes from our members, is voted on by our members and we don’t actually put it in our policy book until every single member has the opportunity to vote on it.”

The cattle industry is facing a lot of big issues. Woodall said the one that will lead the discussions at the meeting in San Diego will be the sharp decline in cattle prices in 2015. This will be brought up in the cattle marketing and international trade committee. The speaker will be Terry Duffy, Executive Chairman for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group). Duffy will discuss high frequency trading and the role high frequency trading plays in market volatility.

The property rights and environmental management committee will be discussing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Woodall said the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule is very much alive and the only reason the rule is not being implemented is because of a nationwide judicial stay that’s in place. In the meeting, he said they will discuss the future of the stay, the court case against EPA and whether Congress can do anything to stop WOTUS.

Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays featured Colin Woodall on the Beef Buzz feature. Click or tap on the LISTEN BAR below to listen to today's Beef Buzz.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.



Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with NCBA's Colin Woodall
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