The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says stopping bad ideas for them, is a “win”, and their CEO says they’ve been busy trying to do that.  NCBA head Colin Woodall said sometimes winning isn’t passing things, but stopping them, including burdensome greenhouse gas reporting.


“Such as being able to fight back against the SEC rule; in things such as, making sure that legislation was not passed that would insert the government into market regulation.”


Woodall referring to the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act passed out of Senate Ag, but now in limbo pending midterm elections.  And then, of course, an ongoing EPA rewrite of WOTUS, an issue again before the Supreme Court.  But Woodall says there have been actual “wins,” pointing to the just-passed continuing budget resolution. 


“We just finally got another extension of Mandatory Livestock Reports, something that we’ve been working on…we still have more to do there, but we’ve been able to maintain that program."


But Woodall says it’s a bit to early to claim “victory” for the year.


“Because there’s going to be a lame duck session. Here we are, Congress is now done. They’ll come back after election day…and we’re going to have quite a few more fights on our hands.”

Including cattle markets, WOTUS and maybe the SEC rule. Woodall’s “happy over” what NCBA’s kept at bay so far, but says the fight’s “definitely not over.”


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