July 25, 2016

Beef Checkoff Goals Laid Out At Summer Business Meeting – AUDIO

BeefCheckLogoState beef council leaders were in abundance when the cattle industry held its 2016 Summer Business Meeting in Denver last week. Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says the leaders played a key role in checkoff committee meetings that helped lay the groundwork for checkoff programs that would begin in about two months.

As representatives of the Federation of State Beef Councils, the producers were demonstrating the value of the state/national partnership that is the foundation for the Beef Checkoff Program…

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Because the checkoff is a grassroots program, each state determines its own plans and priorities…

Brunner 2

Brunner says that in addition to their participation in the Federation of State Beef Councils, state beef councils have a key role in making sure the $1-per-head Beef Checkoff Program is successful…tape

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The state leaders who are Federation of State Beef Council directors joined with Cattlemen’s Beef Board members in the checkoff committee meetings to begin developing programs for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins October 1.

Projects conducted by the beef checkoff must be approved by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture before they’re implemented.


Cattle Producers Urged to Make Voices Heard in the Elections

Woodall at ILIA ConferenceThe International Livestock Identification Association’s 70th Annual Conference is being hosted by the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo this week.

Colin Woodall, Vice President, Government Affairs for National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Washington, DC,  gave producers an update on what’s happening on Capitol Hill — or in the case of the TransPacific Partnership trade deal – what’s not happening.

We spoke with him on the sidelines of the conference.

Woodall on TPP

It seems that the election season has given “trade deals” a black eye on the campaign trail.

Woodall on Trade

The Republican convention is underway with Donald Trump taking center stage – and the Democrats are gearing up for their convention to formally put Hillary Clinton on the November 8th ballot. We asked Woodall about what he’s heard about Tom Vilsack being a potential Vice President pick for Hillary Clinton.

Woodall on Elections

The main point Woodall stressed to the cattle producers at the conference — head to the polls on November 8th and vote.

Woodall on Voting


North Dakota Rancher Wins Regional Conservation Award at Cattle Industry Summit

LogoThe tradition of cattlemen and women serving as stewards of America’s natural resources was honored Thursday with the announcement of the six regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winners. The recipients who were honored during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, span the country and were nominated for their outstanding efforts to protect land, air and water resources on their individual farming and ranching operations. The regional winners will now compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced in February 2017.

The awards, now in their 26th year, were developed to recognize beef producers for their implementation of practices that improve the environmental sustainability of their operations. The ESAP award is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

The 2016 regional winners are: Huntingdon Farm, John and Kathryn Dawes, Alexandria, Pa.; Stoney Creek Farm, Grant, Dawn and Karlie Breikreutz, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Turkey Track Ranch, Dale Smith and Jay O’Brien, Amarillo, Texas; Cherry Creek Ranch, Lon and Vicki Reukauf, Terry, Mont.; Smith Creek Ranch, LTD, Samuel Lossing, Duane Coombs, Ray Hendrix, Austin, Nev.; Black Leg Ranch, Jerry and Renae Doan; Jeremy and Ashlee Doan; Jay and Kari Doan; Jayce Doan; Shanda and Don Morgan, McKenzie, N.D.

“These cattlemen and women exemplify the commitment of our industry to leave the land better than we found it. Every day, beef producers are taking steps to better the resources entrusted to us and these recipients truly reflect that tradition,” said NCBA president Tracy Brunner. “The ESAP award serves as a showcase for the practices used by farmers and ranchers to improve the land, which in turn, benefits fish and wildlife habitat, and ultimately our communities throughout the nation.”

Now in its 26th year, the Environmental Stewardship Award Program honors regional winners from across the United States. Regional award winners are forwarded for consideration for the National Environmental Stewardship Award which is announced during the Annual Cattle Industry Convention. This year’s national award winner will be announced in Nashville, Tenn., during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention.

For more information on the award program and to find information on past recipients, visit: www.environmentalstewardship.org.