According to National Cattlemen's Beef Association Policy Division Chair Philip Ellis, Chugwater, Wyo., NCBA's strong membership base continues to grow.
"This organization is producer-owned and member driven. It's important that the policy priorities set by NCBA are geared toward sustaining this industry for future generations," Ellis says. "Having our voices heard in Washington, D.C., on important issues such as border security and immigration, along with Clean Water Act legislation and the farm bill is crucial to the success of our industry."
Though NCBA already has a strong membership base and many legislative and regulatory victories under its belt, the organization can become even stronger by increasing its membership, Ellis says.
"NCBA achieves amazing success when we come together as a collective voice for our members and as an association representing thousands of cattlemen and women," Ellis says. "I encourage participation of family farmers and ranchers in this process, both at the grassroots level and through affiliation with our organization in order to defend our industry against government regulations and policies which negatively affect producers and our nation's agricultural economy."
In an effort to foster productive relationships and further the priorities and goals of the cattle industry, NCBA is also partnering with its state affiliates to increase membership within state organizations at the grassroots level.
During this membership drive, NCBA is partnering with New Holland to reward states for their membership efforts. The state with the most new NCBA members before Mar. 31, 2013, will receive a one year lease on a New Holland baler or tractor. State affiliates that show an increase of NCBA membership by 15% or more will also be entered to win two additional one year leases.
Winners will be announced at the 2013 NCBA Legislative Conference, Apr. 16-18 in Washington, D.C. For complete information on the campaign, visit www.beefusa.org.