(May 29, 2007) LINCOLN, NE – The line up of speakers for the Nebraska Cattlemen Midyear Meeting keeps getting stronger, according to NC President Jay Wolf. “The strength of the speakers for our six committee meetings will be bolstered by the three we have now confirmed for our General Session, which will be held at the at the Central Community College in Columbus,” Wolf said.
Chuck Lambert, USDA's No. 1 person on trade issues is returning from Europe and Asia just in time to speak at the NC Midyear. Complementing Lambert's comments, NCBA Chief Economist Greg Doud will provide an update on beef exports and imports, and he will talk about the effects of ethanol on livestock prices. The debate in Washington, D.C. right now is about substantially increasing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and Doud will address the implications of doing that.
“These two gentlemen have been deeply and directly involved in U.S. trade talks with Korea Japan and China. Rebuilding our beef export trade with our key export markets is critical, especially since Nebraska has been the No. exporting state,” Wolf said. “Anyone wanting to hear the latest on foreign trade directly from those who are involved are welcome and will want to attend the session (Friday afternoon, June 8),” Wolf added.
Rounding out that session, Sen. Mike Friend, Urban Affairs Committee Chair (District 10, Omaha), will discuss tax issues, including the repeal of the Nebraska estate tax. “The savings from this bill will far more than pay a producer's NC membership for a lifetime,” Wolf said. “Producers will want to hear about this NC victory as well,” he added.
Other issues at the NC Midyear (June 7-8 in Albion and Columbus) will include volatile grain and beef trade markets, the state's water agreement with Kansas, new and changing environmental regulations for ranchers and feeders. All cattlemen are invited to participate in the discussion of these and other issues that will be held in the Nebraska Cattlemen's six committees: animal health, brand, education, marketing, natural resources and tax.
Registration is available on line at www.nebraskacattlemen.org or by calling 402-475-2333.
The Nebraska Cattlemen association serves as the representative for the state's beef cattle industry and represents professional cattle breeders, ranchers and feeders, as well as 46 county and local cattlemen's associations. Its headquarters are in Lincoln and a second office in Alliance serves cattlemen in western Nebraska. This and other Nebraska Cattlemen information is available at www.nebraskacattlemen.org.