A cattle feeder and farmer from Pilger, Nebraska is set to become the next president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).
J.D. Alexander will move into the top leadership post of NCBA during the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville in early February.
Alexander says one his top priorities will be the 2012 Farm Bill—making sure that farm policy works for livestock producers.
“In general terms, the thing that we will be doing is watching that—to make sure that it is conducive to our business climate and being able to raise cattle, in all aspects of our industry, in a good manner,” Alexander says. “We don’t want anything to come out that would be detrimental to our industry.”
Which brings up another subject of importance to many cattlemen—that of “over-regulation”.
“We’ve got to have our boots on the Hill and monitor what they’re coming up with,” Alexander says. “We need to know immediately if there are things that will be helpful or a hindrance to us.
“And if they’re going to be a hindrance, we’ve got to be able to get in there and try and convince them that maybe they should change their way of thought.”
Alexander will take the presidential reins from Montana cattleman Bill Donald.