Spring Legislative Conference (NCBA & PLC)
March 30 - April 2, 2020
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.
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2020 NCBA Legislative Conference Agenda
Tuesday, March 31st
Legislative Issues Briefing, NCBA Lobby Team - Trump Hotel - Salon A
Wednesday, April 1st
8:00am - 5:00 p.m.
Congressional Meetings Scheduled by State Executives and Producers
*Please contact the NCBA DC Office if you require assistance scheduling congressional meetings*
Thursday, April 2nd
Guest Speaker - Trump Hotel - Salon A
Offsite Meetings - At Agencies
Click here to book your agency visits with the D.C. staff. All agency visits will be on Thursday, April 2, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
We have the following agencies scheduled:
Environmental Protection Agency: At EPA, we will meet with EPA senior officials on a host of environmental regulatory issues of concern to cattle producers, including the repeal and replacement of WOTUS, water quality trading, Clean Air Act updates, the development of an agricultural federal advisory committee, pesticide approvals, and PFAS.
Natural Resources Conservation Service: At NRCS, we will discuss USDA Farm Bill and conservation programs with senior leadership. There will be an emphasis on Farm Bill implementation including new programs and changes to existing programs. Staff will also be available to discuss operation and program-specific questions.
U.S. Forest Service: At the Forest Service, we will meet with senior Forest Service staff to discuss grazing program, forage management, hazardous fuel mitigation, vacant allotments, and environmental permitting.
Department of the Interior: At DOI, we will meet with senior Interior staff to discuss Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act (and depredation mitigation tools), grazing regulation update, National Environmental Policy Act application, migration corridors, and other issues affecting public land user access.
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service & Food and Nutrition Services: At FSIS, USDA leadership will provide an update on the status of cell-cultured fake meat, as well as beef-relevant food safety and labeling issues. At FNS, we will receive an update on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines and discuss with senior level staff nutrition policy efforts that are science-based and support beef’s role on the plate.
Office of the United States Trade Representative: At USTR, we will ask questions about implementation of trade agreements (USMCA, China, Japan, EU) and prospects of expanded trade with Europe.
Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service: At APHIS, Dr. Healey will provide an update on the FMD bank and the other two legs of the animal preparedness program in the 2018 Farm Bill, as well as ADT, Traceability and cattle fever ticks.
When meetings/lunch are over, producers are free to leave
2020 PLC Agenda
*All events are located at the City Club of Washington unless otherwise noted*
555 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Monday, March 30
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Welcome to the PLC Family, (New ED TBD), Coffee & light refreshments provided (Location TBD)
Lunch on your own
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
BLM Committee (Room TBD), Wildlife Committee (Room TBD)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Comms Committee (Room TBD), Forest Service Committee (Room TBD)
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
PLC Board Meeting (Room TBD)
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
PLC BBQ Cookoff – NCBA Rooftop
Tuesday, March 31
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
PLC Buffet Breakfast – Dining Room
9:30 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
NCBA Leg Con Kickoff
*Subject to change*
"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