Estate tax reform

Hoping for Tax Reform This Year

Some are wondering whether we may actually see tax reform this year. That of course includes the Estate Tax, or as some know it, the Death Tax. Danielle Beck, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association director of government affairs, says there is a strong possibility that substantive change to the tax code will happen by the end of 2017.


U.S. Beef Faces Technical Barriers before Heading to China

We’ve discussed this week the fact that talks this past weekend between President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping resulted in a deal in principal to allow U.S. beef into China for the first time since the U.S. outbreak of BSE back in 2003. Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association director of international trade, discusses the process for regaining access …


China Lifts Barricade Against U.S. Beef

China has agreed to lift a barricade against U.S. beef exports, ending a ban on U.S. beef that’s been in place since 2003. The agreement was struck between President Donald Trump and China President Xi (she) Jinping over the weekend. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the opportunity for U.S. beef exporters could be significant. The greater China region, which includes …

President Signs Resolution to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0

President Donald Trump Monday signed a congressional resolution directing the Bureau of Land Management to repeal their Planning 2.0 Rule. The resolution was supported by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau, and others. The American Farm Bureau had suggested the rule, which was finalized in December, would negatively impact federal lands use. Ethan Lane, executive director of …

Meat Groups Want Disease Protection in Farm Bill

Beef, turkey, sheep and pork industry representatives all testified in favor of a stronger program to protect animals from disease, especially foot-and-mouth disease. The Hagstrom Report says the groups gave testimony on Tuesday at a hearing before the House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council both testified in favor …

A “Huge Victory:” Cattlemen Hail U.S. House Passage of Resolution to Repeal BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) today hailed U.S. House passage of a resolution that would repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Planning 2.0 Rule, calling it a “huge victory” for America’s ranchers. If the U.S. Senate also quickly passes the resolution, it would go to the White House for President Trump’s signature.

Trump Urged To Start Trade Talks With Japan

Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit here, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) urged President Trump to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with Japan. In a joint letter transmitted to the White House, NCBA and NPPC asked the president “to initiate free trade agreement negotiations with nations in …