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Webinar Symposium to Discuss Small Tick Causing Big Problems for Cattle

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is hosting a two-day webinar symposium to address concerns regarding the Asian Longhorned Tick and the pest’s possible impact on the U.S. cattle industry. The free virtual event will be held Aug. 23-24 from noon to 3:45pm (Eastern) each day.

“Our goal is to inform and educate cattle producers across the country about this potential threat,” said Dr. Kathy Simmons, NCBA’s chief veterinarian.

The two-day webinar is designed to...

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Jul 15 8:42 AM, General News



UB Consulting: Has the Drought Shifted More Cattle to the Feed Lots?

Both farmers and ranchers throughout the country continue to battle extreme drought conditions—conditions that have persisted in certain areas of the country since 2000. At the same time, the amount of cattle on feed has remained at historically high levels for the latest five consecutive months. According to the USDA, June data indicated an increase of 1.2% percent above year-ago levels and at the highest level for that date since the series began in 1996. With drought conditions located in some areas...

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Jun 30 7:59 AM, Urner Barry


North American Meat Institute: Meat and Poultry Industry is Resilient

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today released the following statement in response to a U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service report on Agricultural Competition and the first in a series of rules changes the Administration is proposing under the Packers and Stockyards Act:

“Despite what the White House says, the meat and poultry industry proved to be remarkably resilient during the pandemic,” said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the Meat Institute. “Following the challenges of the spring of 2020, the industry acted immediately to reduce..."

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May 27 8:06 AM, General News


Inversion of the Cattle Cycle in Brazil: Increased Production Will Fuel More Growth in Beef Exports

Due to the retention that started in 2019 and gained momentum in 2020, a significantly increased number of calves and steers ready to enter intensive production systems should reach the market in 2H 2022. Added to the increase in the share of females in slaughter, this should bring about a change in the livestock cycle and consequently increase the supply of slaughter cattle.

It is important to point out that, with feed prices still expected to be high in 2H 2022, the margins of...

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May 26 8:00 AM, General News


USDA Data Reveal: Cattle Sale Revenues Grew 16% in 2021

Following two Congressional hearings on the beef and cattle markets largely focused on prices producers receive for their cattle, the North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today said the latest USDA annual report on livestock income clears up misconceptions about the state of cattle markets and shows cash receipts for the sale of cattle and calves increased 16 percent, from $63.1 billion in 2020 to $72.9 billion in 2021.

“As our members said in their testimony, prices are improving for cattle producers due to supply and demand reflecting..."

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May 2 8:25 AM, General News


Meat Institute to House Ag Chair Scott: Packer Margins Since 2015 Due to Increased Herd Size

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today answered questions asked of meat and poultry industry companies by House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott during a hearing on beef and cattle markets:

“The analysis of beef and cattle market margins from 2015 are not in dispute,” said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the Meat Institute. “Cattle prices hit record highs in 2014 and 2015, when the overall cattle herd was at its smallest since 1952 (for context, that was during the Truman...

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Apr 29 9:00 AM, General News


Meat Institute to House Ag: More to Beef & Cattle Markets than Packers & Producers

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today said the beef and cattle markets are complex, driven by supply and demand and have more participants than packers and producers who add value at each step in production.

“Too often, the policy debate around the cattle and beef industry is an overly-simplified discussion limited to cattle producers versus beef packers. It is imperative policy makers remember: packers don’t buy fed cattle from cow-calf producers; nor do packers sell beef to consumers,” said Julie Anna Potts, President...

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Apr 29 8:54 AM, General News


NCBA President Urges Congress to Adopt Broadly Supported Cattle Market Policies

Today, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Don Schiefelbein, a Minnesota cattle producer, testified before the House Agriculture Committee in a hearing on issues in the cattle markets. Schiefelbein urged House members to support key policies with broad, unified support across the entire cattle industry including a cattle contract library, Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) reauthorization, and investments in small regional processing capacity expansion.

“The only people who know exactly how cattle producers should navigate these uncertain times are the individuals who work..."

 

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Apr 28 8:00 AM, General News


Meat Institute to House Ag: More to Beef & Cattle Markets than Packers & Producers

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today said the beef and cattle markets are complex, driven by supply and demand and have more participants than packers and producers who add value at each step in production.

“Too often, the policy debate around the cattle and beef industry is an overly-simplified discussion limited to cattle producers versus beef packers. It is imperative policy makers remember: packers don’t buy fed cattle from cow-calf producers; nor do packers sell beef to consumers,” said Julie Anna Potts...

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Apr 27 1:00 PM, General News


Cattle Industry Opposition to Government Mandate Amplified Through Senate Hearing

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry today held a hearing to discuss transparency and oversight within cattle marketing, specifically the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act (S.4030) and additional oversight through the Office of the Special Investigator (S.3870). The hearing has been proceeded by months of debate over the need for increased transparency in cattle marketing, and today’s conversation highlighted the vehement opposition to government mandates by a majority of U.S. cattle producers.

“The majority of cattle producers have made it clear that..."

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Apr 27 8:43 AM, General News


NAMI to Senate Ag: Cattle Prices at Seven Year Highs; Reject Costly Grassley-Fischer Bill

With cattle prices at seven-year highs following record beef production in February and March as the packing sector recovers from COVID-related labor shortages and supply chain issues, the North American Meat Institute today urged members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to reject the Grassley-Fischer bill’s mandates and federal intrusion in the beef and cattle markets.

“Leading agricultural economists have determined Grassley-Fischer bill’s latest draft remains costly to producers, especially producers in Texas..."

 

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Apr 27 8:13 AM, General News


North American Meat Institute to House Agriculture Committee: Asked and Answered

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today issued the following statement regarding House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott’s announcement of an upcoming hearing on the beef industry and food prices:

“The Meat Institute and its members have already made themselves available to Chairman Scott and all Members of Congress on several occasions to help improve the understanding of the beef markets,” said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the Meat Institute. “This hearing will be no different. The questions have been asked and answered...”

 

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Mar 22 8:27 AM, General News


Cattle Producers Welcome Contract Library Pilot Program

On Thursday, the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations package. In addition to providing funding for a number of programs of importance to U.S. beef cattle producers, the bill also maintained key provisions the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has long advocated for, such as the Electronic Logging Device exemption for livestock haulers, important EPA regulatory relief, and an extension of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting program. Also included in the package is a Cattle Contract Library pilot program, a critical tool as NCBA works to increase market transparency for cattle producers...

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Mar 14 9:06 AM, General News


NAMI: Congress Blocks Industry Input on Cattle Contract Library Pilot Program

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today said the Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Bill creates a Cattle Contract Library pilot program requiring beef packers to report private business information to the government that will then be published, but blocks public comment on the Biden Administration’s proposed rules for the program.

“Congress and the Administration say they value transparency in the beef and cattle market yet they bury this rider without debate in a giant spending bill and direct USDA to create the pilot program without any feedback..."

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Mar 14 8:32 AM, General News


Cattle Producers Send WOTUS Letter to EPA

Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) submitted a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of over 1,600 cattle producers from 44 states calling for a definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) that works for the cattle industry.

The letter is in response to a rule proposed by the Biden administration to repeal the Navigable Waters Protection Rule and implement new regulations on water features, including features commonly found on farms and ranches. The letter asks EPA Administrator Michael Regan to support a limited, clear definition...

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Feb 8 8:00 AM, General News


NCBA Member Testifies on Cattle Industry Sustainability

Today, NCBA member and rancher Kim Brackett testified before the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture on the cattle industry’s leadership in sustainability and conservation practices.

"Cattle producers are America’s original conservationists, and we work hard every day to ensure that we can pass our operations on to the next generation,” Brackett said. “Our family, along with cattlemen and women from across the country, are committed to remaining environmentally, economically and socially sustainable for generations to come."

Specifically, Brackett pointed to the biodiversity benefits that come from ranchers’ land management...

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Feb 4 8:40 AM, General News


Industry and International Leaders Optimistic for the Future of U.S. Cattle and Beef Industry

Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) welcomed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie, and British Ambassador Dame Karen Pierce to the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.

“We appreciate the working relationship that our team has with both Secretary Vilsack and Under Secretary Bonnie. NCBA continues to build relationships with leaders at USDA to ensure that the U.S cattle industry is top of mind in policy decisions made in D.C., and the industry’s..."

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Feb 4 8:35 AM, General News


NCBA Releases 2022 Policy Priorities

During the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, the executive committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) approved the organization’s 2022 policy priorities with an emphasis on strengthening the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the cattle industry.

NCBA’s policy priorities include:
- Improving market leverage and opportunities through increased access to market data and risk management tools for producers.
- Securing the future of the beef industry by protecting crucial tax provisions, limiting regulatory burdens on farms and ranches, and leveling the playing field for producers.
- Boosting the resiliency of the beef...

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Feb 3 8:38 AM, General News


NCBA Responds to New York Times Op-Ed Misinformation

Statement from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association:

It is incredibly disappointing that media outlets like the New York Times continue to publish opinion pieces like today’s Meet the People Getting Paid to Kill Our Planet, which not only threaten the livelihoods of American farmers and ranchers, but are also riddled with misinformation and lacking in credible sources.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) primary goal is protecting the livelihoods of America’s cattle farmers and ranchers. It is our responsibility to ensure these men and women have the ability to pass their...

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Feb 2 8:28 AM, General News


North American Meat Institute: New York Times Gets it Wrong

The following is a statement released by the North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute):

The New York Times’ The Daily podcast’s examination of the beef and cattle markets is simply wrong.

The beef and cattle industry is a complex marvel of American ingenuity with innovations that have allowed the US beef industry to produce more meat with fewer cattle, while improving sustainability, food safety, affordability, worker safety and beef quality.

There are many steps in the beef value chain: cow calf operators, feeders, packers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and food service...

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Jan 31 8:38 AM, General News


Award-Winning Speakers Headline 2022 Cattle Industry Convention

“Everything is bigger in Texas,” and that includes the speaker lineup for the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show to be held Feb. 1-3, in Houston. General session speakers will hit audiences hard with powerful messages that educate, motivate and inspire.

The convention will kick off on Feb. 1, with Buzz Brainard, host of Music Row Happy Hour, who will be back by popular demand as emcee during the general sessions. Brainard’s voice is well known on SiriusXM radio, Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel...

 

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Dec 13 1:42 PM, General News


ANALYSIS: Tightening Supplies Lift Cash Cattle Prices

Negotiating leverage in the spot market appears to be shifting from the packers to the cattle owners...

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Dec 1 10:05 AM, UB Newswires


North American Meat Institute: Grassley-Fischer Bill Ignores Economic Fundamentals

The North American Meat Institute today said a new Senate bill ignores the analysis of beef and cattle markets by the country’s leading agricultural economists and the bill’s mandated government intervention will have unintended consequences that will hurt livestock producers and consumers.

“Beef and cattle markets are dynamic. This fall prices cattle producers received for their livestock have risen without any government interference,” said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the North American Meat Institute. “In a rush to do ‘something,’ this bill would replace the free market with..."

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Nov 11 8:00 AM, General News


Registration Now Open for Cattle Industry Convention in Houston

Registration is now open for the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, which will be “Gone to Texas” in Houston, Feb. 1-3. The annual event draws thousands of cattlemen and women from across the country for education, entertainment and engagement.

“Everything is bigger in Texas,” and that holds true for the 2022 Convention. For the first time, there will be five general sessions packed with timely industry updates, inspirational speakers and important information that every producer can use. And the NCBA Trade Show will be the largest ever encompassing...

 

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Nov 4 8:00 AM, General News


North American Meat Institute Statement on Cattle Contract Library Act

The North American Meat Institute, a trade association for meat and poultry packers and processors of all sizes, today released the following statement regarding the Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021, H.R. 5609, which was marked up and reported out of the House Committee on Agriculture:

“Members of the Meat Institute are still analyzing the bill and how it might affect their operations,” said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the Meat Institute. “More time is needed to consider how the bill will affect livestock producers..."

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Oct 25 8:00 AM, General News


NCBA Welcomes Cattle Contract Library Bill Amid Ongoing Push for Transparency

Today, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) welcomed the introduction of the Cattle Contract Library Act, led by Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX).

The bipartisan bill would establish a cattle contract library within USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS), equipping cattle producers with the market data they need to make informed business decisions and exert greater leverage in negotiations with major meatpackers.

The cattle contract library is widely supported by industry groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, and the...

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Oct 20 9:58 AM, General News


NCBA Vice President Urges Congress to Listen to Producers on Cattle Markets

Today, NCBA vice president and South Dakota rancher Todd Wilkinson testified before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Wilkinson addressed the need to avoid one-size-fits-all policy prescriptions, and the importance of considering nuanced policies that properly address transparency, processing capacity, price discovery and oversight in the cattle markets.

“As producers struggle to get by, large meatpackers have realized record-breaking windfall profits. These profits have not been shared equitability with cattle producers,” Wilkinson said. “Because the challenges facing our industry are..."

 

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Oct 11 8:00 AM, General News


NAMI Witness to House Ag Committee: Beef & Cattle Markets Driven by Supply & Demand

Following warnings about government intervention in beef and cattle markets from leading agricultural economists from around the country, François Léger, Owner and CEO of FPL Food, on behalf of the North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) offered his perspective on the market as a beef packer and processor during the House Agriculture Committee’s hearing to “Review the State of the Livestock Industry.”

“The cattle and beef industry are driven by the supply and demand fundamentals of the free market, and the cattle industry is cyclical,” Léger said...

 

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Oct 8 7:52 AM, General News


REPORTER: U.S. Cattle Ranchers Battle Drought, Higher Feed Costs

This article was originally featured in the Fall 2021 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.

The nation’s cattle feeders continue to navigate an uncertain and challenging environment in 2021. Ranchers are grappling with large supplies, persistent drought in the western half of the U.S., higher feed costs, and a sluggish cash cattle market.

Through July 20, USDA’s drought monitor reported that about 32% of the nation’s cattle inventory was located within an area experiencing drought. Due to poor pasture conditions and limited forage availability in areas of cattle country, some...

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Oct 6 8:54 AM, Urner Barry


New Texas A&M Report: Government Interference in Beef & Cattle Markets has Unintended Consequences

In response to a bipartisan request from the House Agriculture Committee, Texas A&M University has completed a comprehensive report on the U.S. cattle and beef markets written by leading economists across the country. Among its key findings is that proposals increasing government intervention and mandates will cost livestock producers billions of dollars.

“Thursday the House Agriculture Committee will hold the fourth Congressional hearing this year on beef and cattle markets. It is no surprise that the Texas A&M analysis reflects the expert testimony at..."

 

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Oct 6 8:42 AM, General News







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