Cattlemen gather at NC Midyear Meeting to discuss industry issues

Jun 17, 2011
by WLJ

Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) members descended upon the communities of Leigh, NE, and Columbus, NE, for the NC Midyear Meeting June 8-9. The morning of June 8 began with the NC and NC Foundation Board of Directors meetings where industry issues were discussed. Then in the afternoon, an overabundance of members tried their luck at a game of golf while others took a tour of businesses that drive the Columbus and Nebraska economies. The day ended with a welcome reception hosted by the Platte Valley Cattlemen and NC President Chuck Folken at the Colfax County Fairgrounds in Leigh.

Thursday, June 9, meetings moved to Central Community College where attendees heard economic addresses from Ken Lemke, Nebraska Public Power district economist, and Larry VanTassell, University of Nebraska Agriculture Economics Department head. Kent Pieper of Farnam was awarded the BQA Trainer of the Year award by a Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Committee representative. The NC Foundation honored 19 scholarship recipients and the Retail Value Steer Challenge winners at the NC Foundation luncheon.

NC committee meetings met in the morning and afternoon with each discussing pertinent industry issues. Animal Health & Nutrition, Natural Resources & Environment, and Brand & Property Rights Committees met in the morning where updates were given on ongoing brand input meetings, animal traceability and the farm bill, among others. The afternoon was consumed by the Taxation, Education and Marketing & Commerce Committee meetings where issues such as ethanol, livestock economic outlook, CME Feeder Cattle Index, agricultural education and K-12 school funding were discussed.

The day ended with Scott George, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) vice president, providing the keynote address where he discussed issues NCBA is following on behalf of cattle producers across the country. Over 300 producers who attended the meeting were impressed with the topics covered and enjoyed the 2011 NC Midyear Meeting. — WLJ