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As the voice of the cattle industry in Washington D.C., the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is making a difference every day for cattle producers nationwide. We are the national organization that assures the voices of independent cattle producers are heard in the halls of Congress, at regulatory agencies and the White House. As the largest sector of American agriculture, there are dozens of policy issues concerning our industry on a daily basis, and NCBA is there while our fellow members are managing their businesses back home.
NCBA is the largest organization representing America’s cattle industry. NCBA's membership includes more than 29,000 independent cattlemen and more than 64 state and breed affiliates representing over 230,000 cattlemen across the United States. For more than one hundred years, we have been dedicated to influencing public policy to improve producer profitability and in preserving the industry’s heritage and future.
Our government affairs office works on all policy issues affecting cattle producers and the beef industry including: international trade, tax & credit issues, food safety, animal health, property rights, environment, federal lands issues, drought relief, marketing, nutrition, and much more. NCBA is about the future of the beef industry, its growth, its profitability, and our members’ ability to pass their ranches to future generations.
NCBA's predecessor was founded in 1898 and is grounded in the basic philosophy of cattlemen to:
- Minimize direct federal involvement in agriculture,
- Preserve the right of individual choice in the management of land, water, and other resources
- Provide for an opportunity to compete in foreign markets, and
- Free enterprise, competitive market system
NCBA’s membership develops NCBA policy and has the final say in approving that policy at the annual membership meeting and through a mail ballot. Additionally, NCBA is inclusive of other segments of the beef industry including dairy, auction markets, packers, processors, retailers, and foodservice operators. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions.
NCBA Government Affairs works daily on more than forty varying policy issues affecting our livelihoods.