Modernize The Endangered Species Act

Ethan_Lane_PLCThe National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council stand in full support of modernizing and streamlining the Endangered Species Act, which hasn’t been reauthorized since 1988.

“We’re hoping we get a bill out of them the next few months that memorializes the spirit of what we talked about in those sessions…the last two years,” reported Ethan Lane, executive director of the Public Lands Council with the NCBA federal lands program.


Watch Out For Activists

AAARadical activist organizations are leading the fight to grant animals the same legal rights as humans and eliminate the consumption of food and all other products derived from animals. That’s according to the Animal Ag Alliance,  a nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork.

Casey Whitaker is the communications manager for the alliance and joined us on American Cattle News with the latest:

Ensuring Ranchers Are Protected

KirkWilburThe California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is a non-profit trade association, formed in 1917, that represents California’s ranchers and beef producers in legislative and regulatory affairs. CCA’s funding is generated almost entirely by voluntary dues paid by members, who in turn determine the direction and policy of the organization.

CCA has 38 county cattlemen’s association affiliates that serve as a link between the grassroots membership and CCA. CCA is also an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Kirk Wilbur, Director of Government Affairs joined us on American Cattle News with an update.

Rebuilding the Herd

BrettMorrisBrett Morris is a third-generation dairy farmer and runs a cow/calf and stocker operation, as well as the Washita Fertilizer Company, in partnership with his father.

He tell American Cattle News about his diversified farm operation, including about 1,000 acres of alfalfa, wheat and grassland, 65 registered Holstein cows for milking, 100-125 beef cows, and 200 stocker calves. Brett was nominated to the Beef Board by the Dairy Farmers Of America (DFA), and is very active in both industry and community activities.

Also, it was another successful year for the Certified Angus Beef brand. CAB’s Kara Lee gives us an update.

WTO Ruling A Win for U.S. Beef Exports

USMEFlogoThe World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute over Indonesia’s complex import requirements for a number of agricultural products, including U.S. beef. The ruling is expected to open up significant new export opportunities for U.S. beef in the Indonesian market.

Thad Lively, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for trade access, explains that Indonesia’s import restrictions were originally aimed at achieving self-sufficiency in beef production but actually resulted in tight beef supplies and high prices for consumers. He notes that the ruling gives both U.S. exporters and Indonesian importers confidence that the market will remain open to U.S. beef, paving the way for significant growth.

Improving Beef Quality

NCBA-LogoThe U.S. beef industry continues to improve the quality of its management practices, according to the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) commissioned by the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program.

Josh White, NCBA executive director of producer education, joined us on American Cattle News to discuss the latest improvements and advancements.


Advocating For Agriculture

Greg Peterson

Greg Peterson

The Peterson Farm Bros are made up of Greg, Nathan , and Kendal, and honorary “bro” Laura Peterson. The Peterson’s  are siblings who farm together with their parents near Assaria, KS. They produce entertaining and educational videos on their YouTube channel  and post farming and video updates to our social media pages. Greg and Kendal joined us on the radio.

“Ever since we began producing content, we have continued to realize a need to inform people about what we do in farming and in agriculture as a whole,” their website states. “There are many misconceptions about modern day farmers and we feel it is our calling to help correct some of those misconceptions.”