The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association on Monday opened registration for their 2014 legislative conferences.
PLC will be hosting its event April 7-9, 2014, in Washington, D.C., while NCBA's conference, sponsored by Elanco, will kick off the evening of April 8 and will run through April 10, 2014.
In addition to meeting with their U.S. representatives and senators about a variety of issues affecting the livestock industry, attendees will hear from administration officials, industry experts and other multiple-use industry representatives.
PLC President Brice Lee and NCBA President Bob McCan agreed that it is important for livestock producers to visit Washington, D.C., and have their voices heard on Capitol Hill.
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"Decisions made inside the Beltway have a direct impact on cattle producers' daily operations," said McCan. "I encourage all cattlemen and women to get involved in our nation's legislative process in order to ensure that the beef industry remains successful and our agricultural economy remains vibrant."
During the conferences, attendees will be hearing from government agency personnel, Congressional staff and industry members. After their Hill visits, NCBA conference attendees are invited to a reception on Capitol Hill hosted by Outback Steakhouse on April 9.
"This is an invaluable experience for ranchers who are able to make the trip to Washington," Lee said. "They take home great information from their congressional representatives and the federal regulatory agencies, and they make important contacts that can last a lifetime. Every single producer also benefits from this conference, because we carry the message to Washington about the issues that are important to the bottom line of our nation's livestock producers operating with federal grazing permits."
To register for the 2014 PLC and NCBA legislative conferences, visit the joint PLC and NCBA registration Web page.