GIPSA Rule Hot Topic At Next USDA/DOJ Workshop

Chuck Zimmerman

The next USDA/DOJ public workshop on competition in the livestock industry is scheduled for next week in Ft. Collins, CO, and I will be attending. The session will be held on Friday and there will be a separate session the evening before hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Pork Producers Council which I will also be attending. …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, GIPSA, Livestock, NCBA, USDA

Get Your MBA In Beef Agvocacy

Chuck Zimmerman

If you haven’t obtained your Masters of Beef Advocacy diploma yet, what are you waiting for? This Checkoff funded program can be completed online and according to the Dean of the program, Daren Williams, NCBA, over 1,500 beef producers have done so ranging in age from 8 to 80 yrs. old! This is a photo of Daren from our media …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Beef Board, Cattle Industry Conference, NCBA, Social Networking

Temple Grandin Presented NCBA Lifetime Achievement Award

Chuck Zimmerman

At the Cattle Industry Summer Conference second general session Temple Grandin was presented with a special Lifetime Achievement Award from NCBA. We heard some stories about the making of her HBO movie and she made a few remarks. She said that back in the ’70’s there would be people that would help out a “quirky” kid and we need more …

Ag Group, Audio, Cattle Industry Conference, NCBA

Issues Facing Cattle Industry

Chuck Zimmerman

The NCBA President Elect is Bill Donald from Montana. He’s pictured here speaking with CBB Vice Chairman, Tom Jones. I talked with Bill about the issues facing cattle producers. Bill says there are several issues. They include the death tax, the GIPSA rules and the decline of the U.S. cattle herd. Some of these are more time sensitive than others …

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CBB Perspective On NCBA Compliance Review

Chuck Zimmerman

In order to get some perspective from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board on the NCBA Compliance Review issue I spoke with CBB Secretary/Treasurer Robert Fountain, Jr. Here’s Robert with Charlotte Coates, CBB Operations Manager. You can read CBB’s statement on the review here. In my interview with Robert he describes why the audit was conducted and why it was released on …

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NCBA Press Conference On CBB Audit

Chuck Zimmerman

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Board just concluded a press conference on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board independent account’s report that audited NCBA use of Beef Checkoff funds. This report was released earlier this week. There is obviously a lot of friction right now between the organizations and media were given an opportunity to hear NCBA’s side of the story this morning. …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Beef Board, Cattle Industry Conference, NCBA

Welcome To Beltway Beef

Chuck Zimmerman

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has just started its first official blog, Beltway Beef. Here’s the first post from blogger Mike Deering. It is a pleasure to welcome you to the the first-ever blog of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. We are excited to engage in this new initiative and sincerely hope you are just as thrilled to have this …

Ag Group, Beef, Blogging, NCBA

NCBA Answers Questions About New Governance Proposal

Cindy Zimmerman

A proposal to restructure the nation’s largest beef cattle organization is generating some controversy. Representatives of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Federation of State Beef Councils met with USDA officials today to discuss NCBA’s proposed governance structure and held a conference with reporters afterward to review the outcome of the meeting. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sent …

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CBB and NCBA Officer Previews

Chuck Zimmerman

The combined meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Cattlemen’s Beef Board have started here at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio. To kick off our coverage I conducted a short interview with an officer from each organization. Pictured are Tom Jones, CBB Secretary/Treasurer (left) and Bill Donald, NCBA Vice President. I caught up with them prior to …

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