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7 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
NCBA CEO Update: Food Security is National Security
On this episode, NCBA CEO Colin Woodall joins to discuss the new White House National Security Memorandum to Strengthen the Security and Resilience of U.S. Food and Agriculture. This memorandum is a public acknowledgement that food security is national security. Woodall also shares details from his pre-briefing at the White House with senior defense, law enforcement, and national security officials on identifying and mitigating threats to agriculture. Woodall also highlights how NCBA’s strong relationships with policymakers in Washington, D.C. benefit cattle producers.
15 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
The Inside Scoop on Beef Sustainability
On this episode, NCBA Chief Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart and Senior Director of Sustainability Dr. Samantha Werth join to discuss the science that confirms the cattle industry’s sustainability. Thanks to generations of continuous improvement, the cattle industry has substantially reduced greenhouse gas emissions while more efficiently providing a nutritious protein and supporting the economy in rural communities. Hart explains how the cattle industry’s sustainable practices connect to advocacy in Washington, while Werth explains all the environmental, economic, and societal benefits of beef. Learn more about the cattle industry’s sustainability at ncba.org/sustainability.
14 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
The Election’s Impact on the Cattle Industry
On this episode, NCBA Vice President Ethan Lane joins to discuss the November election’s potential impact on the cattle industry. Lane highlights how anti-agriculture activists have made additional campaign contributions this cycle and he previews how the election might impact the makeup of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Finally, Lane explains NCBA’s role in educating new members of Congress on the needs of the cattle industry.
18 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
May It Please the Court: Agriculture in Focus at the Supreme Court
On this episode, NCBA Chief Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart joins for an in-depth discussion on two major agricultural cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case Sackett v. EPA is considering the longstanding issue of “Waters of the United States” and the federal government’s proper jurisdiction in regulating bodies of water, while National Pork Producer’s Council v. Ross is considering the dormant commerce clause and its implications for livestock producers selling goods across state lines. NCBA has filed amicus briefs before the court in both cases to advocate for the unique needs of cattle producers.
10 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
NCBA’s CEO Goes to Washington
On this episode, NCBA CEO Colin Woodall joins to provide his perspective as an attendee at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. Woodall also provides an update on key issues NCBA is focused on, including new Packers and Stockyards rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the “Waters of the U.S.” Supreme Court case of Sackett v. EPA, and the overreaching Securities and Exchange Commission climate disclosure rule. Finally, Woodall highlights some significant policy wins from the past year and explains NCBA's focus for this fall.
6 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
A Cattle Producer’s Perspective on Conservation Programs
On this episode, NCBA member and Iowa cattle producer Shayne Wiese joins to discuss his experience utilizing voluntary conservation programs from the 2018 Farm Bill. As Congress is developing the next Farm Bill, Wiese provided essential insight on his experience accessing these programs for his own cattle operation and working with local U.S. Department of Agriculture staff. Wiese also highlighted how cattle can be a tool for conservation and environmental improvement. In addition to being a member of NCBA, Wiese is a member of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.
5 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
Riding the Rails: How Rail Lines Provide Essential Feed and Fuel to Rural America
On this episode, NCBA Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Rivera provides an update on an important piece of transportation in the supply chain: trains. Rivera explains how rail lines provide essential feed and fuel to cattle operations and she highlights NCBA's new grassroots policy on issues impacting rail service.
7 minutes | Sep 9, 2022
NCBA: Support for the Livestock Regulatory Protection Act
On this episode, NCBA Chief Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart joins to discuss the Livestock Regulatory Protection Act, a bill introduced in Congress by Senators John Thune, Kyrsten Sinema, John Boozman, and Mark Kelly, that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the naturally occurring emissions from cattle operations. Hart also highlighted the continuous innovation that has led to the U.S. cattle and beef industry being the most sustainable in the world.
6 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
Tick Talk: NCBA Educates Producers on the Asian Longhorned Tick
On this episode, NCBA’s Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Simmons joins to discuss the Asian Longhorned Tick, an extremely aggressive tick that can cause stress and severe blood loss in cattle. The tick also can transmit diseases to cattle such as bovine Theileriosis, a disease that causes anemia, failure to grow (ill-thrift), persistent infection, reproductive problems, and in some cases, death. The tick is extremely mobile, reproduces quickly, and is smaller than a sesame seed, making it difficult to detect. NCBA is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host a virtual symposium on managing this tick and the diseases it carries. For more information on that event, please visit ncba.org.
7 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
NCBA Fights Against Overreaching SEC Rule
On this episode, NCBA Environmental Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart joins to discuss NCBA’s fight against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s overreaching greenhouse gas disclosure rule. Hart details the origins of the rule and the harm it could cause to cattle producers. Hart also highlights NCBA’s grassroots campaign against the rule, which resulted in over 6,000 cattle producers sharing their perspective with the SEC, and key arguments from technical comments submitted to the agency by an NCBA-led coalition of agricultural groups.
10 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Fighting Back Against Undue ESA Regulations
On this episode, Associate Director of PLC and NCBA Natural Resources Sigrid Johannes joins to discuss the unforeseen consequences that Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings can have on ranchers. Johannes discusses how NCBA and PLC are working together to advocate for science-based, state-led management of species like the gray wolf and the northern long-eared bat. Johannes also talks about the need to fight back against the undue federal regulatory burden that threatens producers’ ability to actively manage our nation's natural resources.
10 minutes | May 20, 2022
The SEC Should Regulate Wall Street, Not Main Street
NCBA’s Environmental Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart joins the podcast to discuss the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) greenhouse gas emissions reporting rule that would require publicly traded companies to disclose their Scope 1 (direct), Scope 2 (energy use), and Scope 3 (supply chain) emissions. As part of this rule, farmers and ranchers who sell to publicly traded companies would be responsible for collecting and reporting emissions to the company. While emissions calculation would likely be inaccurate at best, it would also place unreasonable and undue legal risk on individual producers. Each day, cattle producers make positive strides toward environmental stewardship, and this rule would create unnecessary red tape and legal liability that could threaten the viability of those family-owned businesses. Tune in to hear Hart discuss how NCBA is pushing back on this rule and how producers can share their opposition with decision makers in Washington, DC. To join the grassroots campaign, visit policy.ncba.org.
10 minutes | May 13, 2022
ANCW Fly-In: Advocating for the Beef Industry on Capitol Hill
On this episode, public policy intern Grace Vehige hosts Reba Mazak, American National Cattle Women (ANCW) president, to discuss the organization’s recent fly-in. ANCW, a close partner with NCBA, plays an important role in advocating on behalf of the cattle industry. Tune in to hear Reba's insight on topics of importance to their membership and why it is critical for cattle producers to make their voices heard in Washington, D.C.
12 minutes | May 5, 2022
NCBA Trade Update: Why Trade Matters and How We Are Moving Forward
On this episode, Senior Director of International Trade and Market Access Kent Bacus joins to discuss NCBA’s stance on trade, how we hold our trade partners to high safety standards, and why a trade deal between the U.S. and UK is a top priority.
10 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
NCBA Pushes for Practical Solutions Through Cattle Markets Hearings
This week, Tanner Beymer joins the podcast to discuss the cattle markets hearings that occurred in both the House and Senate Agriculture Committee this past week. Beymer shares that NCBA is focused on securing practical solutions – that have broad industry support – to increase market transparency and boost producer leverage in pricing negotiations.
8 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
NCBA Leading the Charge for Clear, Consistent Environmental Regulations
NCBA Executive Director of Natural Resources and PLC Executive Director Kaitlynn Glover joins the podcast to give an update on the work being done to ensure clear and consistent environmental regulations for cattle producers. As the Biden administration undergoes processes to repeal and replace Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules, NCBA is working to ensure that these rules facilitate an environment where farmers and ranchers can continue critical on the ground progress, instead of impeding it.
13 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Washington Update: Processing Capacity, Federal Regulations, and Grassroots Engagement
Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane joins the podcast to give an update on the work being done by NCBA’s Government Affairs team. Lane discusses the latest legislative and regulatory proposals and encourages members to be engaged in the policy process through conversations with their elected officials.
10 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
NCBA President on Expanding Export Access to Foreign Markets
Recently, NCBA President Don Schiefelbein joined Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane and Senior Director of International Trade & Market Access Kent Bacus in London to set the stage for a potential trade deal with the United Kingdom. Tune in to hear Schiefelbein discuss why free and fair trade deals are essential to increase carcass value and export more high-quality U.S. beef to countries around the world. Schiefelbein shares the team’s experience addressing misconceptions about the U.S. beef industry and building relationships with UK officials.
9 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
National Ag Day: How the U.S. Cattle Industry is Leading the Way in Conservation
NCBA’s Environmental Counsel, Mary-Thomas Hart, joins the podcast to discuss why this year’s focus on conservation during National Ag Day is a significant moment for the U.S. agriculture industry, especially cattle farmers and ranchers. Through innovative voluntary conservation efforts, producers across the country are making decisions that have a direct impact on maintaining clean water, improving soil health, and mitigation of catastrophic wildfires. Hart shares why it is important for decision makers in Washington, D.C., to understand the commitment the U.S. cattle industry has to conservation, but why it is essential that producers have the ability to make individualized decisions that are best suited for the land that they are managing.
16 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
Ranking Member GT Thompson on Fighting for the U.S. Cattle Industry in Congress
This week, NCBA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane sits down with Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee GT Thompson. Tune in to hear Lane and Thompson discuss why industry input is critical as Farm Bill discussions begin, and what can be done to address cattle marketing challenges faced by producers across the country. Even in the midst of partisan gridlock, Thompson understands the importance of promoting policy, such as voluntary conservation programs and rural broadband, that allow producers to have a viable business climate, now and for generations to come.
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