Summit to address potential production and pricing policy issues

Oct 30, 2009
by WLJ
Summit to address potential production and pricing policy issues

Within the last year, many uncertainties have sprouted in the beef industry. Two major areas important to the future survival and success of the beef industry are potential governmental policy changes affecting beef production systems and beef pricing. The fourth annual Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) Beef Industry Issues Summit is set for Nov. 17 and will aim to inform producers in these areas.

The one-day summit will be held at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL) east campus in Marvel Baker Hall. Speakers for the morning topic, “Potential Policies Affecting Beef Production,” are: Dan Thompson, Kansas State University, addressing animal welfare from the viewpoint of a veterinarian; Tim Amlaw, American Humane, describing best practices for humane treatment of animals; and Elizabeth Parker, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, discussing the future of anti-microbial uses in livestock production.

Speakers for the afternoon topic, “Potential Policies Affecting Beef Pricing,” are: Warren Preston, USDA, discussing the hows and whys of mandatory price

reporting; Randy Russell, lobbyist with Barron and Russell, addressing concentration policy concerns in our nation’s capitol; and Steve Koontz, Colorado State University, presenting the large GIPSA-RTI marketing study.

A popular feature of the summit is the question-andanswer sessions between the speakers and attendees after each of the presentations. The summit is coordinated by NC and the UNL Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars.

Because space is limited, interested producers should call NC at (402) 475-2333.

Upon receipt of a completed registration, producers will receive parking and meeting room information as well as the updated agenda. The cost of the program for NC members is $65 and covers a Skeeter Barnes lunch and materials for the event.

NC is a grassroots organization whose individual producer members determine issues of importance to the state beef industry. NC performs three basic functions. First, the association represents the beef cattle industry to the legislative and administrative branches of the state and federal governments. Second, it explains beef production (including safety of the product, use of natural resources, care of animals, and beef economics) to the public and opinion influencers. Third, it provides economic and other information to members to aid them in their own planning and management. Each member has the opportunity to influence state cattlemen’s association policy and priorities through participation in councils and committees. NC programs are financed by dues invested by individual members. — WLJ