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Legislative Conference


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Legislative Conference is a three-day program dedicated to raising awareness about the public policy issues facing the beef industry and connecting cattlemen and women with policy makers in Washington, D.C. Each year, producers from across the country come together to:

Learn the issues. Participate in briefings and information sessions from NCBA’s issue experts. Topics include tax, trade, Farm Bill, nutrition, food safety, environment, federal lands, and more!

Meet with policy makers. NCBA staff arrange customized meetings where members can meet with their elected officials in Congress and hear directly from agency staff.

Advocate for the industry. Policy makers need to hear directly from the constituents they represent. Your direct, face-to-face advocacy in Washington is vital to the association and to the beef industry as a whole. NCBA staff regularly engage with policy makers, but the most influential meetings are with producers that travel to D.C., bringing local perspective to the beltway.

Who should attend? 

If you're eager to learn more about the national policy decisions impacting your operation and ready to play your part in the political process, Legislative Conference is for you! We encourage every cattle producer to come to D.C., learn about the issues, and help advocate on Capitol Hill! No previous policy experience is required and NCBA staff will be on-hand to guide you every step of the way.


2020 NCBA Legislative Conference Agenda

Tuesday, March 31st
4:00PM- 6:00PM
Legislative Issues Briefing, NCBA Lobby Team - Trump Hotel


Wednesday, April 1st
8:00am - end of day
Congressional Meetings Scheduled by State Executives and Producers


Thursday, April 2nd
8:00am- 8:45am
Speaker - Trump Hotel


When meetings/lunch are over, producers are free to leave


Visits to agencies set up beforehand by the NCBA Team. Staff will go with groups of between 15 and 25 producers to these agency meetings to assist and help with questions that come up. These meetings available to attend via signup- please reach out to NCBA if you have producers who are interested in attending these offsite meetings.

9:00am - 12:00PM
Agency Meetings (if you do not attend any agency meeting there will be some NCBA staff around to answer any follow up questions from your hill visits) 

When meetings/lunch are over, producers are free to leave



PLC Agenda

All PLC Meetings will be held at the City Club of Washington. (555 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20004)


Monday, April 1

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wildlife Committee (Board Room), Forest Service Committee (Washington Room)

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Comms Committee (Board Room), BLM Committee (Washington Room

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PLC Board Meeting – Washington Room

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. PLC BBQ Cookoff – NCBA Rooftop


Tuesday, April 2

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. PAC Breakfast at NCBA Office

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. PLC Buffet Breakfast– Dining Room

10:00 a.m. – noon Speakers – Presidential Dining Room

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch – Dining Room

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Speakers– Presidential Dining Room

4:30 p.m.     NCBA Leg Con Kickoff


"By just showing up and participating you can make a difference in Washington D.C. People don’t believe it, but it’s true. It’s important to be involved and it’s really gratifying knowing you make an impact."

Kevin Kester, 2018 NCBA President

 "PLC and NCBA help facilitate a great opportunity for rural producers to meet with the agency personnel as well as their elected officials about the issues affecting producers. This is especially important with the new administration and transition process to ensure that cattlemen’s priorities and recommendations for regulatory reform are being heard.

Kacie Burns, Colorado Cattlemen's Association