NCBA Leaders List 2013 Priorities

Passing a farm bill is on the minds of most in the agriculture industry - and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association says the farm bill is high on its list of priorities. NCBA President-Elect Scott George says the association will work vigilantly to pass a farm bill. With budget issues - George says it has been a difficult environment for writing a farm bill. NCBA finds the conservation and research titles to be most important for cattlemen and women. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall says another priority is reauthorizing the Animal Drug User Fee Act - which authorizes FDA to collect fees for certain animal drug applications - allowing new drugs to enter the marketplace for cattle producers. ADUFA's reauthorization is needed by the end of September - Woodall says - and will garner attention from animal activists who want to end antibiotic and drug use in cattle. Woodall says NCBA will lead the effort to educate Congressional leaders about antibiotic use. He also says NCBA will focus on immigration and border security - requesting a year-round guest worker program since the cattle industry isn't limited to seasons. The immigration reform proposal from a bipartisan group of senators last month is a step in the right direction - Woodall says - but the framework needs more specifics regarding agriculture.

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