NCBA stakeholders speak up as Congress resumes without prioritizing Farm Bill discussions

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is in Washington right now to push advocacy and collaboration to the forefront of lawmakers’ agendas and streamline a sustainable agricultural future.

As Congress reconvenes, the absence of Farm Bill discussions has not deterred industry stakeholders from ensuring their voices are heard on critical agricultural issues. In a proactive approach, members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) have embarked on a journey to Washington, aiming to get in front of lawmakers so their priorities stay at the forefront of lawmakers’ agendas.

A Virginia rancher, echoing the sentiments of many in the industry, emphasizes the importance of robust funding for risk management, conservation, and the Animal Vaccine Bank. The NCBA members are actively engaging with legislators to advocate for policies that support these key areas, which are crucial for the sustainability and resilience of the agricultural sector.

“We’re looking for ways to partner with states, conservation groups, commodity groups, conservation districts, and others on the ground to help us implement these programs,” said the Virginia rancher.

This collaborative approach underscores the interconnected efforts required to address complex challenges and implement effective agricultural programs.

Bonnie, a representative of the stakeholders, underscores the need to streamline the entire farm program process. Simplifying procedures is a critical step to facilitate greater participation from producers, alleviating bureaucratic hurdles across various USDA programs. This emphasis on efficiency aligns with the broader goal of making agricultural programs more accessible and farmer-friendly.

Related Stories
John Deere representative Kaylene Ballesteros took RanchHer host, Janie Johnson, on a tour of the company’s exciting, new offerings at NCBA CattleCon in Orlando.
Right now, the shipping backlog on the Panama Canal is up to 26 days. That is due to the water system experiencing its driest October in more than 70 years.

USDA Meteorologists are raising alarms over low snowpacks in key Northwestern watersheds that may lead to water shortages and disrupt spring or summer planting.
As Texas cattle producers prod the possibility of expansion, USDA weather experts caution that recovery from long-term drought conditions will be a slow process.
What farmers need to know about the surge in land values driven by agricultural shifts and global demand for corn- and soy-based fuel.
The study’s findings have sent ripples of concern through communities reliant on the Colorado River for irrigation, highlighting the vulnerability of water resources in the face of climate variability.
Proposed revisions to the H-2A visa program, have stirred controversy among growers nationwide, including ag groups like the Northwest Horticultural Council.
Colorado conservation groups are upping the ante to protect the gray wolf, filing a lawsuit to re-list the species under the Endangered Species Act after the US Wildlife Service denied their initial petition.
USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer Explains Expected Decline in Farmer Income for 2024
Bipartisan Effort Seeks to Sustain Conservation Efforts and Support Farmers through Renewal of Vital Programs
While the tentative agreement could offer permanent solutions beyond litigation, some expressed concern the five-year moratorium could further delay much-needed action.
Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments by March 4, 2024, either online or by mail.
South Dakota legislators voted against a ban on weather modification experiments over sustainability concerns and hindrance on grain and ethanol production.
LSU AgCenter’s Craig Gautreaux ventures into the heart of northwest Louisiana to witness agriculture’s ongoing struggle with extreme drought conditions there.