The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) calls 2017 an “interesting year” that saw a significant number of policy wins. However, there’s a lot of work ahead in 2018. One of the biggest policy victories of last year was a 90-day delay in the electronic logging device mandate that was scheduled to go into effect for all delivery haulers, including those that transport livestock and other ag commodities.
That’s NCBA Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Cooke, who says they’ve also turned in a petition to the Department of Transportation for a longer waiver. That would give them more time to work on the hours-of-service requirements for livestock haulers.
Looking ahead to 2018, Cooke says NCBA has a couple of important priorities in mind as the 2018 Farm Bill takes shape.
They’re also focusing on the Conservation Title in the upcoming farm bill for a couple of different reasons.
She adds that they’ll have a more definite direction on how the organization will move forward once the first farm bill language emerges, which will probably come from the House Ag Committee first.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.