Hundreds of Cattlemen Converge on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON - Over 400 cattle producers from across the country are in Washington, D.C., this week for the cattle industry’s 2006 Spring Legislative Conference on Capitol Hill. The conference events and meetings run March 27-31.
Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) are here to meet with members of Congress and key agency officials on a host of cattle industry priority issues, including: tax reform, property rights, environmental law, food safety regulations and animal health issues.
“This is our most important meeting of the year dealing with policy issues,” says Mike John, Missouri cattleman and NCBA president. “While in Washington this week, hundreds of cattle industry leaders will be visiting with our nation’s policymakers to review top political priorities for our industry and explain the challenges we face each day on our operations back home.”
As always, the cattlemen have lined up meetings with an impressive list of officials including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Portman, U.S. Senator Jim Talent (R-Mo.), U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor (R-N.C.), USDA Chief Economist Keith Collins, and David Anderson, program associate director, Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
“It’s important for our nation’s ranchers to participate in the political process and communicate to our policymakers about what’s important to them,” says John. “These officials value our feedback and we appreciate them taking time out of their busy schedules to connect with the cattlemen from their home states.”
*Note: Spring Conference meetings are closed to the media and non-registrants. However, NCBA will host a media conference and conference call on Thursday, March 30 at 9:00 a.m. where key staff and leadership will discuss this week’s top issues and take questions. For more information, contact NCBA’s Washington office at 202-347-0228.