The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association released its policy priorities for 2019 at their annual convention and trade show.

The last week in January saw The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Annual Convention and trade show commence in New Orleans, Louisiana. The convention is an opportunity for NCBA members to convene for a number of reasons, including setting and sharing policies with members. The NCBA did just that, releasing their top policy priorities for 2019, as per a Southeast AgNet article. See a summary of the top policy priorities below.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Top 2019 Policy Priorities

  1. Fake Meat. According to the article, “the group will work to ensure that a regulatory framework is properly implemented – one that protects the health and wellbeing of consumers, prevents false and deceptive marketing, and ensures a level playing field for real beef products” where lab-produced and plant-based fake meat are concerned.
  2. Trade and Market Access. According to the article, the NCBA will focus onpromoting a bilateral trade agreement with Japan, securing swift passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and expanding access for U.S. beed in key markets like China, the United Kingdom, and the European Union.”
  3. Dietary Guidelines. Per the article, the NCBA will work to protect the scientific credibility of Dietary Guidelines and promote accurate information about the nutritional advantages of beef as part of a balanced diet” while the federal government updates their Official Dietary Guidelines.
  4. Regulatory Reform and Implementation. According to the article, the NCBA will focus on “full implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, enacting a permanent solution to overly restrictive Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers, finalizing a new water rule to replace the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule, exempting livestock producers from EPCRA air emissions reporting requirements, modernizing and streamlining the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and federal grazing regulations, and promoting antimicrobial stewardship by producers and preserving access to key veterinary technologies.”

Explore the NCBA full policy book here.

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