‘Equal Access to Justice Act’ is a top priority for NCBA

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has made revisions to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) one its top policy priorities for 2012. The EAJA was designed to level the playing field between small businesses and individual citizens and the federal government.  It allows plaintiffs to recover legal costs from the federal government when they… Read more »

CattleFax CEO offers thoughts on 2012

One of the big events at the Cattle Industry Convention each year is the CattleFax Outlook Seminar.  This year was no exception, as a large crowd gathered to hear reports on weather, grains and energy, global beef trade, cattle numbers and meat production, beef demand and economics, price outlook and risk and management strategies.  Here… Read more »

Growing Iowa’s cattle industry

Exciting things are happening in Iowa’s cattle industry.  At the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, we sat down with Iowa Cattlemen’s Association CEO Matt Deppe and discussed some of those developments, including a Cow-Calf/Feedlot Forum taking place near Guthrie Center on February 8th.  AUDIO: Matt Deppe (6:04 MP3)  

Sandhills rancher leads Nebraska group

Jim Ramm of Atkinson, Nebraska is the president of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s organization.  In an interview with Brownfield at the Cattle Industry Conference in Nashville, Ramm discussed some of the national and state issues that his group is focused on.  He also talks about the four percent increase in Nebraska’s January 1st cattle inventory and… Read more »

A more tranquil cattle conference this year

Recent gatherings of cattle industry leaders have been tumultuous affairs, with battles over organizational structure, concerns over possible breaches of the policy/checkoff firewall, and accusations of financial improprieties. This time around, at least outwardly, there seems to be more harmony. We talked with two key players—Rock Valley, Iowa cattleman Kent Pruismann, who sits on the… Read more »

Study: Beef in diet reduced cholesterol

The beef industry has long argued that beef, consumed in moderation, can and should play an important role in a heart-healthy diet. Now it has some solid research data from a respected institution to back up those claims. In a first of its kind study, researchers at Penn State University have demonstrated that eating beef… Read more »

More on Novartis’ new BRD vaccines

At the NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, we stopped by the Novartis Animal Health booth to find out more about their two new BRD vaccines. Here’s how a Novartis news release describes NUPLURA PH: NUPLURA™ PH is a new vaccine for beef and dairy cattle that provides fast-acting protection against bovine pneumonia caused by Mannheimia… Read more »

The egg bill, COOL and the estate tax

“A dangerous precedent.” That’s how NCBA vice president of government affairs Colin Woodall describes that bill that would dictate the size of cages of egg-laying hens.  Woodall says that, if it were to pass, it would be the first time Congress has actually put, into statute, a production practice.  In a Cattle Industry Convention interview,… Read more »

Obama’s comments on regulations disputed

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama claimed his administration is  working to reduce unnecessary regulations. But the chief environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association—Ashley Lyon—questions whether that is really happening, at least as far as agriculture in concerned. Lyon says the EPA is continuing to promulgate new rules and… Read more »

Finding profitability in volatile times

One of the Cattlemen’s College presenters at the Cattle Industry Convention on Wednesday was cattle industry analyst Dr. Nevil Speer of Western Kentucky University.   Speer discussed the unprecedented volatility facing the beef industry and offered cattlemen some advice on how to navigate in uncharted territory.  Afterwards, Speer visited with Brownfield about some of the factors influencing the… Read more »