The United States Cattlemen's Association concluded its annual membership meeting earlier this month in Bismarck, N.D., electing new officers and hearing from key stakeholders and ag industry leaders.
The meeting was held in conjunction with USCA state affiliate, Independent Beef Association of North Dakota. It consisted of a full-day ranch tour of local producers' operations followed by a second day of policy discussions and speaker presentations.
Speaker topics and presentations focused on: COOL, TPP, proposed trade agreements with Brazil and Argentina, Mandatory Price Reporting, EPA Waters of the U.S. rule, Greater-Sage Grouse listing decision and industry trends.
Presenting were Jerry Hagstrom, The Hagstrom Report; Terry Stewart, Managing Partner, Stewart & Stewart Law, USCA's legal counsel on COOL at the World Trade Organization; Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D.; Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; South Dakota State University Professor and Extension Risk/Business Management Specialist Matt Diersen; North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring; North Dakota State Veterinarian Susan Keller, DVM.
"This year's annual meeting highlighted a number of issues in which USCA remains engaged in D.C. Of particular note, several speakers included updates regarding the EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule implementation and served as a precursor to the eventual stay," USCA President Danni Beer said.
"USCA will continue to be active on this issue and others as the year draws to a close. Action on COOL, trade with Argentina and Brazil and listing decisions under the ESA remain of utmost concern to the USCA membership and our team in D.C. will continue to represent the best interests of producers as they unfold," Beer added.
USCA members will receive a mail-in ballot to vote on regional Director nominations, and policy statements and revisions that were introduced and addressed in Bismarck.
The slate of Executive Officers, as voted on by the membership at the annual meeting, for 2016 is as follows:
President: Danni Beer
Vice-President: Kenny Graner
Secretary: Whitney Klasna
Treasurer: Jane Wooster
Parliamentarian: Chuck Kiker