The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is preparing for its 2010 Summer Conference to be held in Denver, Colorado July 28 through August 1. NCBA President Steve Foglesong says the Summer Conference is where the beef industry gathers to discuss in great length how to best address critical issues affected today's beef producer while also looking at the future.
One specific issue that will be discussed at the conference is the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's plans for a proposed rule regarding livestock and poultry marketing practices. Foglesong says NCBA has serious concerns with any efforts to increase government intrusion in the marketplace and will fight to protect the use of contract and alternative marketing arrangements in the cattle industry to satisfy consumer demands. He says NCBA absolutely needs to hear from producers on the matter and has to have a policy in place that represents U.S. cattle producers.