NCBA Statement on 2008 Election Results
DENVER - “The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) extends our congratulations to Senator Barack Obama on winning the 2008 Presidential election.
“As one of America’s largest agricultural organizations, we look forward to working with the Obama transition team and providing information, advice, and counsel as needed on the many challenges the next Administration will face in regards to food and fuel policies.
“In the coming years, ranchers, farmers and rural Americans will be significantly impacted by tax policies, environmental regulations, international trade, renewable fuel subsidies, and food safety and nutrition. NCBA worked closely with the Obama campaign on each of these concerns, and we have been assured a seat at the table when decisions are made regarding these and other issues of importance to America’s cattlemen and women.
“We appreciate Senator Obama’s commitment to basing decisions on sound economic and scientific evidence. NCBA is eager to share the stories of our cattle producers and discuss the challenges they face today, from estate taxes that cause families to lose century-old ranches, to the high corn prices resulting from ethanol subsidies that create unfair competition in the marketplace.
“Additionally, we welcome the new members of Congress that will join us in our nation’s capital. We hope to build strong relationships with each of these new legislators as we have with the current members of Congress.
“NCBA will continue to serve as the voice of America’s cattlemen in Washington, DC and we look forward to working with President Obama and the 111th Congress to strengthen America’s economy by fostering a growing and profitable beef industry.”
Andy Groseta is a rancher from Cottonwood, Arizona, and president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.