This week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association kicked off the 2015 Fall Membership Drive. NCBA president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman Bob McCan says there has rarely been a more important time for producers to be involved.
“With a new Congress about to be seated, and so many priorities for cattlemen and women still up in the air, it’s a great time to make your voice heard in Washington,” said McCan. “Yet this year, we continue to face a number of issues like the expiration of key tax extenders, lending uncertainty for investments. We also face more regulation from the Administration including the ‘waters of the United States’ proposed rule and the proposed rules to allow imports from regions in Brazil and Argentina that are known to harbor foot and mouth disease.”
NCBA is urging more cattle producers to join this fight and engage in these issues that are critical to the future viability of our industry.
“This has been a great year for many of our producers who have seen some much need moisture and positive market signals, but it’s critical that we remain engaged,” said McCan. “The year ahead could be a major year, not only for stopping and fighting regulations, but for encouraging and shaping legislation on border security and immigration, tax reform, and pending trade agreements. I would encourage you to renew your membership, or join today.”
Thanks to a strong partnership with our 45 state affiliate associations, our membership at the end of fiscal year 2014 was 30,296. The top ten affiliates for new member recruitment this year were:
- Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers
- Missouri Cattlemen’s Association
- Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association
- Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association
- Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association
- Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association
- Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association
- Kansas Livestock Association
- Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association
- Ohio Cattlemen’s Association
Your NCBA membership not only helps support our efforts in Washington, D.C., but comes with great benefits including discounts from RAM, New Holland Agriculture, Roper/Stetson, John Deere, Cabela’s and Caterpillar. You will also receive a subscription to National Cattlemen and updates from Washington. Join today and as a new member you will receive a one liter bottle of Dectomax® pour-on from Zoetis. For complete information and to join visit www.beefusa.org or call 1-866-BEEFUSA (1-866-233-3872).