April 24, 2013
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The PA Center for Beef Excellence recently took part in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Legislative Conference in Washington DC.  The cattlemen were well received in the Capitol, reinforcing the positive impact producers have when visiting with their legislators on the issues which impact the industry.  “Representing Pennsylvania cattlemen’s best interests in the halls of the Capitol is extremely important today,” said CBE Executive Vice President Ann Nogan, a producer from Scott Township, PA.   “Agriculture is the No. 1 economic generator for the state and we must work to make sure our markets remain viable.” 

During the conference’s breakfast event, keynote speaker and Chair of the Senate Ag Sub-committee for Forestry & Nutrition, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), discussed the Farm Bill as it relates to the cattle industry.  During congressional visits, the cattlemen’s conversations focused on the important role elected officials play in the cattle industry’s economy and the impact the farm bill has on their operations. 

NCBA assembled a very informed panel who discussed immigration and border security.  Panel participants were:  George Fishman, Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, House Judiciary Committee; Kristi Boswell, Director of Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation; Dale Nellor, Sr. Vice President of Legislative Affairs, American Meat Institute; Craig Regelbrugge, Co‐chair, Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, VP of Government Relations American Nursery & Landscape Association.  Addressing the need for agricultural labor is a very complex issue and a top concern of many participants.   Other key issues presented by NCBA staff during the briefing were: transportation, renewable fuels standards and production mandates.  In addition, a reception was held for the cattlemen, their legislators, and respective staff members.  Beef, for this event was provided by the Outback Steakhouse.

Time spent with legislators strengthens the voice of the beef industry and makes a positive difference in the political process.  If you would like to help address key issues with your elected officials, contact the PA Center for Beef Excellence Executive Vice President, Ann Nogan, at 717-705-1689 to schedule a visit. 

The Center for Beef Excellence was established in 2007 to promote the beef industry through education, production efficiency, government and community relations, and economic development. Representing 28,000 beef producers in Pennsylvania with 1.61 million head of cattle, the industry generates over $2 billion in economic impact yearly in the Commonwealth. The Center for Beef Excellence is an equal opportunity provider. 

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