New NCBA President Proud To Serve

KevinKesterCalifornia cattleman Kevin Kester is a fifth-generation California rancher and the new president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He says he’s privileged and proud to lead the nations most prestigious and oldest cattle association.

He was born and raised in the Parkfield area of southern Monterey County where his family has lived for over 125 years. Kester says his life experiences and western perspective will hopefully help cattlemen across the nation.


“Results Lead To Next Thing”

ESAP Smith FarmsSFI, Inc., operated by the Smith Family, were recently honored as Region 3 winners of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Lynn and Joy, son Seth and his wife, Etta farm on 1,900 acres of row crops, 510 acres of pasture, a 500 head feeder-to-finish hog barn, 210 cow-calf pairs and a 2,200 head feedlot. American Cattle News spoke with Seth Smith right after the award program.

Arizona Ranch Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

Jim OHaco_WEBThe Jim O’Haco Cattle Company of Winslow, Arizona, were honored as the national winner of the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award was presented at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona.

Established in 1898, Jim O’Haco Cattle Company is owned by Jim and Jeanne O’Haco and encompasses about 60,000 acres in eastern Arizona. Much like other ranching families, the precedent for environmental stewardship was set long ago when Mr. O’Haco’s grandfather first came to the country from the Basque Pyrenees in Europe.

Two generations later, Mr. O’Haco has spent his lifetime continuing the legacy and implementing land management programs to restore grazing land and improve water infrastructure on his family’s operation.

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U.S. Beef Quality Continues To Improve

NCBQAThe 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.

“What we’re seeing over time is that we are improving beef quality – and that’s the bottom line,” says Josh White, executive director of producer education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Lawsuit: Imported Beef Likely Mislabeled

Bill-Bullard-CEO-283x237R-CALF USA’s Bill Bullard comments on the lawsuit his organization and the Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) filed against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for allegedly mislabeling hundreds of millions of pounds of imported beef as “Products of the USA.”

In their lawsuit filed in June against USDA and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the groups claim that the Tariff Act of 1930 requires imported beef to bear a label denoting the foreign country of origin of the beef all the way to the consumer unless the beef undergoes a substantial transformation in the U.S.

Eagles & Ag Celebration In Nevada

EagleEagles & Agriculture, Carson Valley’s annual gathering of eagles and celebration of agriculture, will take place January 25th through the 28th. A variety of tours and events highlight the seasonal arrival of bald and golden eagles (and other raptors) in the area and the role that the ranching community plays in providing habitat for wildlife.

“We help people understand what agriculture is all about,” says Steve Lewis, extension educator for the University of Nevada in Douglas County. Listen to his comments on American Cattle News:

Working With Environmental Groups

GrassFedBeefThe U.S. cattle industry walks a fine line when it comes to working with environmental groups.

“There are groups that we can get on the same page with…but…you have groups that their sole job is to litigate,” says Scott Yager, chief environmental counsel for National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Listen to his comments here:


Independent Groups Fight For COOL

MadeUSA“Perhaps the Secretary of Agriculture didn’t get the memo about draining the swamp,” stated Bill Bullard, who heads the independent organization R-CALF USA. R-CALF, along with other organizations, are keeping an eye on the issue of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).

Restoring COOL was originally part of the Trump Administration’s 100-day plan. Now, almost a year into the Trump presidency, the corporate interests advising on its agriculture and trade policies are fulfilling their commitment to making COOL “dead as a doornail,” according to Bullard. Listen to his comments here: