No mRNA Vaccines in U.S. Cattle

Sabrina Halvorson Cattle

Social media has been sharing information that mRNA vaccines are getting used in raising the U.S. cattle herd. A National Cattlemen’s Beef Association statement says there are no current mRNA vaccines licensed for use in beef cattle in the United States. “Cattle farmers and ranchers do vaccinate cattle to treat and prevent many diseases,” the statement says, “but presently, none …

NCBA Commends U.S.-Japan Beef Export Agreement

Dan Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Marketing

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) lauded the signing of an agreement between the U.S. and Japan to increase the Beef Safeguard Trigger level under a trade agreement between the two countries. Kent Bacus, NCBA senior director of international trade and market access, says the agreement underscores the importance of a mutually-beneficial relationship between U.S. cattle producers and Japanese consumers. “We are …

Groups Condemn Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act

Dan Cattle

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Wednesday condemned the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022, approved by the House Agriculture Committee. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane says the legislation was rushed through the legislative process “without consideration of the confusing bureaucratic mess it would create.” The special investigator bill would create a new position in the …

Farm Groups Oppose Final NEPA Changes

Dan Environment, Regulation

Key farm groups are opposing the Biden Administration’s final phase 1 revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) affecting major infrastructure projects. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) say the revised NEPA rules are a step backwards and jeopardize the very projects the Biden Administration is promoting. Here is AFBF’s Shelby Hagenauer. …

AFBF: NEPA Changes Signal Return to Outdated, Cumbersome Regulations

Dan AFBF, Environment, Regulation

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall commented Wednesday on the final phase 1 revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act, known as NEPA. Duvall says, “AFBF is disappointed that the Biden administration has decided to reverse commonsense reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act.” AFBF says farmers and ranchers share the goal of caring for the natural resources …

Cattle Producers Welcome Contract Library Pilot Program

Dan Cattle

Last week, the U.S. 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. That includes the Electronic Logging Device exemption for livestock haulers, important EPA regulatory relief, and an …


Optimism for the Future of the Cattle and Beef Industry

Dan Beef, Cattle

During this week’s Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Houston, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association welcomed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie, and British Ambassador Dame Karen Pierce. During the event, Secretary Vilsack committed to addressing challenges that producers are facing regarding the supply chain, processing capacity and drought. He …

NCBA Releases 2022 Policy Priorities

Dan Cattle

During the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show taking place this week in Houston, Texas, 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 …

NCBA Backs WOTUS Recommendations from Advisory Committee

Dan Cattle, Irrigation, Legislative, Water, WOTUS Act

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee (FRRCC) has issued their report on the Waters of the U.S (WOTUS) rule. The FRRCC’s recommendations include: Ensuring EPA compliance with the Clean Water Act and Supreme Court precedent limiting federal jurisdiction over bodies of water. Developing a clear definition of WOTUS that is easily interpreted by farmers and ranchers. Protecting WOTUS exemptions …

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NCBA on Lab Grown Meat

Dan Beef, Cattle

2022 looks to be another busy year for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in their efforts on various issues for the nation’s cattle farmers and ranchers.  One of those issues concerns lab grown meat, and NCBA Sr. Executive Director of Government Affairs, Danielle Beck, recently provided an update on keeping the term “beef” to be used strictly by products derived from livestock raised by farmers and ranchers.