The National Cattlemen's Beef Association welcomes you to "Beltway Beef." Initiated in 1898, NCBA is the oldest and largest national marketing organization and trade association dedicated solely to U.S. cattlemen and women. With offices in Washington, D.C., and Denver, NCBA is a producer driven organization representing the largest segment of the nation's food and fiber industry. "Beltway Beef" was created to serve as a sounding board for the U.S. beef industry. Decisions are made in Washington, D.C., directly impacting the cattle business. Our goal is to get the word out and we need your help. We encourage you to comment on the postings, ask questions and share with your friends. Posts on "Beltway Beef" are produced by NCBA staff and invited guests. Feel free to contact the bloggers at or

April 19, 2016

Colorado Rancher Robbie LeValley Discusses Critical Habitat Designations      

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NCBA Federal Lands Committee Chair Robbie LeValley discusses the potential consequences of Fish and Wildlife Service's recently finalized rule regarding critical Habitat designations, which expands their ability to designate habitat.

April 12, 2016

Cattlemen and Women Hit the Hill to Talk TPP

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Kevin Kester, NCBA Vice President and California cattleman, talks about TPP as NCBA’s grassroots members take to the Hill during the 2016 Legislative Conference.

April 5, 2016

USDA Air Quality Task Force Meets This Week

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Scott Yager, NCBA Environmental Counsel, talks about the meeting of the USDA’s Agricultural Air Quality Task Force and the appointment of Ben Weinheimer of the NCBA and Texas Cattle Feeders Association to that task force.

March 22, 2016

Sage Grouse Resource Plans Raise Concerns for Ranchers

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Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and NCBA Federal Lands, discusses rancher’s concerns with implementation of the BLM’s Sage Grouse Resource Management and Land Use Plans.

March 15, 2016

Ag Day 2016

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Colin Woodall, NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs, talks about the importance of Ag Day.

March 8, 2016

BIFSCo Focused on Continued Investment in Beef Safety

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Kristina Butts, NCBA Executive Director of Legislative and Government Affairs, discusses the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo) meeting last week and the importance of food safety research and funding.

March 1, 2016

Voluntary Conservation Efforts Highlighted

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Frank Price, co-owner/operator of the Frank and Sims Price Ranch in Sterling City, Texas, talks about voluntary conservation efforts undertaken by America’s ranchers.

February 23, 2016

6th Circuit Exercises Jurisdiction over WOTUS

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Scott Yager, NCBA Environmental Counsel, discusses the decision Monday by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeal to hear the challenge to the WOTUS rule and what that means for NCBA and PLC’s case going forward.

February 16, 2016

Administration Restricts Multiple-use

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Ethan Lane, executive director of the PLC and NCBA federal lands, discusses President Obama’s designation of an additional 1.8 million acres of public land under the Antiquities Act. This designation elevates the status of these public lands, restricting and prevents multiple-use.

February 9, 2016

Beef Sustainability with Dr. Jude Capper

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Jude Capper, Ph.D. discusses her research into the sustainability of the beef industry and decreases in resource use.

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