D.C., July 17, 2006 -- Members of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) addressed
current policy priorities at the 2006 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Reno,
passing new resolutions and directives to make amendments to the 2006 Policy
The official NCBA Policy Book is a detailed, almost 200-page compilation of policy
priorities on more than 50 cattle industry issues.
"Our policy committees tackle an incredible amount of issues, with everything
from the Farm Bill to nutrition policy to trade barriers to Death Taxes on the
agenda," says Andy Groseta, chairman of NCBA's public policy group and Arizona
cattle producer. "Fellow members come from across the nation to hash out
the biggest issues that are hitting the cattle industry right now and make some
specific decisions on how to move forward on these priorities."
This summer, 11 interim resolutions, directives and recommendations were approved
by the NCBA Board of Directors. Along with new edits to policies, NCBA members
analyzed the overall state of the industry in one-on-one discussions with top
government representatives, trade officials and other industry leaders.
"Right now, priority issues include the 2007 Farm Bill, environmental policy
issues, the Death Tax and ongoing international trade issues," says NCBA
Vice President of Government Affairs Jay Truitt.
"We are actively involved in pushing a huge list of policy priorities all
year long," says Groseta. "After the meetings in Reno, NCBA's D.C.
staff is already back in Washington, hitting the ground running with the list
of recommendations and policy updates."
The following addendums were made to NCBA policy this summer and will serve as
interim policy until reviewed and voted on by NCBA members at the 2007 Cattle
Industry Convention, scheduled for January 31 – February 3 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The full NCBA 2006 Policy Agenda can be found online at: www.beefusa.org.
Property Rights and Environmental Management:
* Members passed a resolution that NCBA will seek regulations and legislation
to clarify federal wetlands and non-navigable waters jurisdiction consistent
with recent Supreme Court decisions.
* Cattle producers passed a directive outlining NCBA's guiding principles and
priorities in the 2007 Farm Bill, including specific priorities for natural
resources and conservation, marketing, commodity programs, nutrition, credit,
trade, research, energy, disaster assistance, animal activism, animal identification
and animal health policy.
* NCBA officers are directed to establish a task force to address immediate needs
of livestock producers following natural disasters to facilitate cattle-specific
emergency needs and coordinate interagency activates to respond to the industry
in a timely manner.
* Members passed a resolution supporting updating the Commercial Motor Vehicle
Safety Act to standardize requirements and reduce the burden of regulations
on vehicles used for transporting cattle and farm equipment.
* NCBA members passed a resolution supporting retaliatory measures against nations
who close their borders to U.S. beef due to unscientific food safety concerns,
administrative errors or a single shipment of beef not meeting agreed upon
* NCBA members passed a resolution instructing staff to work to require U.S.
troops worldwide to be supplied with U.S. processed beef.
Tax and Credit Issues:
* NCBA approved a resolution aimed at relieving the Death Tax burden from thousands
of America's farmers and ranchers. While NCBA still steadfastly supports full
and permanent repeal of the Death Tax, cattlemen in attendance approved a directive
providing NCBA with the flexibility to support a compromise measure, if it
is the only option for reducing the uncertainty surrounding the current Death
* Members passed a resolution supporting changes to the IRS Code section 1031
g (1) to: (1) increase the reporting deadline on replacement properties from
45 to 180 days, (2) increase the limit of replacement properties from three
to six and (3) increase the amount of time a taxpayer has to receive exchanged
property from 180 to 365 days.
* A resolution was passed directing NCBA to work to exempt income received as
rent on agricultural property from Social Security taxation.
* NCBA members passed a resolution to work to secure a permanent commitment of
annual funding for specific research by the National Beef Cattle Evaluation
Consortium including: research on data management, database preservation, DNA
inclusion in genetic evaluation, application of multi-breed capacities for
genetic evaluation programs, enhancement of the scope of international evaluation,
development of new traits for evaluation, new methods to enhance accuracy and
productivity of evaluations, and user-friendly software.