Last week’s report from the Department of Agriculture offered a laundry list of reasons for why beef markets behaved the way they did after two cataclysmic events hit the sector in as many years. But the 21-page document also contained something else: a legislative and regulatory to-do list for an industry well-known for infighting and disagreement.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association hopes to address some of the industry’s longest-running issues in 2020, goals that will likely need the cooperation of an administration that is up for reelection in November.
The move puts the nation’s largest beef producer group, which has long been opposed to mandatory country-of-origin labeling, on the side of making sure voluntary COOL declarations are accurate and verifiable.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association plans to hire Colin Woodall as its new CEO and move Ethan Lane to Woodall’s former role as the organization’s vice president of government affairs, giving the nation’s largest beef industry group two familiar faces in new roles.
The Bureau of Land Management’s new management plans for tens of millions of acres of greater sage-grouse habitat aim to give BLM and seven Western states “flexibility” to address threats to the bird’s continued existence, BLM said in releasing the plans Thursday.
Livestock producers and environmental groups will be taking a close look over the next few months at Bureau of Land Management proposals that would give states more authority to manage greater sage grouse populations.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2017 - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended shrinking the size of four land-based national monuments and “prioritizing” public access at a total of 10 monuments, in a review of 27 monuments he delivered to President Trump last month.