From the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention- NCBA President Elect Tracy Brunner Sees TPP and WOTUS as THE Issues for 2016Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:31:14
At the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays spent a few moments talking top issues for the coming year with the incoming President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Tracy Brunner. Brunner is the 4th generation on his family operation located in Ramona, Kansas. He has served as president of his family corporation since its inception in 1988. Tracy manages the feedyard and the yearling grazing operation. He also oversees the cattle and grain marketing decisions, commodity risk management, customer relations, and financial reports.Tracy's family also operates a seed stock enterprise raising bulls and replacement heifers for many ranchers throughout the U.S.
The Flint Hills cattle producer believes there are a couple of key issues that the cattle organization will be spending a lot of time on this calendar year- ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership and stopping EPA in their efforts to implement the Waters of the US Clean Water Rule.
About TPP- Brunner calls the trade deal a "leveling of the playing field in the Pacific Rim" and says US cattle producers need the deal to eliminate the tariff advantage that Australia has in the Japanese market for their beef. Brunner says that NCBA will keep the topic alive with members of Congress, as he says it is vital that ratification needs to happen as soon as possible.
On WOTUS- the Kansas cattle leader says that EPA is using the issue of water to pursue a massive land grab and that NCBA is one of a large group of organizations that believe in private property rights that are pushing back against the Administration as they seek to expand their control over private lands through this regulation.
You can hear their conversation that has held on the opening day of the Cattle Industry Conventon in San Diego by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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