Nevada Cattlemen's Association


401 Railroad St. Ste 209ElkoNevada89803United States View Map




(775) 738-9214


(775) 738-5208


The last month has been busy at the office and for Nevada Cattlemen's Association. Although the weather is starting to get warmer and many of you are thinking about summer activities, the office is looking forward to convention, bull sale, and membership recruitment activities. Starting this month we will be working on activities, speakers, events, booths, rooms, and meetings for the November conference. Although it is still months away the process has already begun. If there are topics or speakers that you are interested in having participate in convention please let the office know at 1-775-738-9214. Along with convention activities the office is also working on other issues that are arising in Washington. The U.S. House of Representatives adopted legislation in June that funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture for fiscal 2012, which begins Oct. 1, but instructs USDA that no money can be used to promulgate the competitive markets rule that has been proposed by the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). This is a big win for the livestock industry. GIPSA contained many rules and provisions that would threaten livestock and poultry producer sustainability, contract growers-including small farmers-meat quality, rural economies and consumers. Although this is not a permanent fix, the industry will use the next year to work with the administration to reform the GIPSA rule. U.S. Senate also voted on legislation introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to repeal the 45-cent per gallon Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and the 54-cent per gallon tariff on imported ethanol is a giant step toward leveling the playing field for a bushel of corn. The Feinstein/Coburn amendment passed by a 73-27 vote. The VEETC and the tariff on imported ethanol have put cattlemen and other end-users of corn at a competitive disadvantage to the corn-based ethanol industry when it comes time to buy a bushel of corn. Repealing the VEETC and the import tariff are important steps to fully leveling the playing field. Again this was a victory for the industry and demonstrates that progress has been made on both sides of the aisle regarding reforms. Representative Campbell (R-CA) offered an amendment to eliminate $11 million from USDA-Wildlife Services' budget for livestock protection. The Nevada Cattlemen's Association, PLC and NCBA along with many other groups worked to oppose this amendment stating that any attempt to restrict funding and operations of WS jeopardizes management of wildlife conflicts with human health and safety, animal disease management and production of food on family farms and ranches. Wildlife is a publically-owned resource to be managed by state and federal wildlife agencies. The government's involvement ensures that each response to wildlife damage is biologically sound and in compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations. The house voted 132-287 and the amendment failed. We do not feel this will be the last attempt of this kind to defund the Wildlife Services programs and we will continue to work with state and national partiers on this issue. There are several bills out in the House and Senate that we have sent letters of support to including: Grazing Improvement Act of 2011, Wilderness Study Area Release Act, and the Government Litigation Savings Act. The Grazing Improvement Act of 2011 is designed to lighten the NEPA workload on the agencies and protect permittees by: Codifying the language that allows the appropriate Secretary to set the priority and timing for environmental analysis regarding grazing permit renewal; This allows for the renewal of permits, making permanent the appropriations rider language that PLC typically must secure every year; Extending the life of a grazing permit from 10 to 20 years; Allowing for the categorical exclusion of grazing permits that are to continue under current grazing management; Applying APA's formal adjudication procedures to permit appeals; and Providing for a stay of decision by the appropriate Secretary regarding grazing permits or leases, when such decisions are appealed. The Wilderness Study Area Release Act is designed to: This legislation would release Wilderness Study Areas recommended by BLM as not-suitable for a wilderness designation. The bill directs BLM to return management of the released lands in accordance with multiple-use and sustained-yield provisions of Section 202 of FLMPA. This legislation would terminate Secretarial Order 3310 with regard to the released WSAs and prohibit the Interior Secretary from issuing a national regulation or directive that directs how released lands will be managed. This legislation would release roadless areas within the National Forest System, which have not been designated as wilderness or were not recommended for wilderness designation by the Forest Service (as part of RARE II or subsequent forest plans) from being managed as roadless, as well as any land-use restrictions imposed the lands as part of the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule or the 2005 State Petition Rule. The bill directs the Forest Service to return management of the released roadless areas to the principles of the Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960, in accordance with the forest plan that contains the area. This legislation would terminate the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule and the 2005 State Petition Rule with regard to release roadless areas, and prohibit the Secretary of Agriculture from issuing a national regulation or directive that directs how released roadless areas will be managed. The Government Litigation Savings Act will: This bill would bring transparency and accountability to a flawed system that has led to the abuse of taxpayer dollars-and of countless farmers and ranchers who have had to defend their way of life against tax dollar-funded assaults by radical environmental groups. While we respect the original intent of the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA)-a leveled playing field between individual citizens and the powerful federal government-it has become a source of revenue for interest groups intent on removing grazing and other multiple uses from public lands. Although there are always challenges in our industry, our dedicated leadership, members, friends and partners of the association help continue to work for the future. One word comes to mind that represents how cattlemen feel about their industry and that is responsibility. Responsibility lies in each thing we do. From how we work and interact with others to how we interact with the landscape around us. Ranchers have the rare responsibility to combine these two. They work with family, friends, and co-workers on the ranch to care for their livestock and the land they manage. Their responsibility crosses public and private ground, upland and riparian areas, wild and domestic animal conflicts, hunter and hiker access/use, and environmentalist and conservationist's view points. It is my impression that ranchers take their responsibility with pride. Pride in the fact they care for their families, livestock, public and private ground, the consumers of beef. When I think about what the role of ranching is to the state and to the nation I see community and caring. It is the care and community that makes this association strong and the industry resilient. Although we face challenges from the federal government, groups working to shut down our industry, and pressure from and ever growing population there is still great resolve with cattlemen. The leadership of this association hits the issues head on, and works to ensure that the voice of the industry is heard at every level.

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