As we begin the new decade, I want to wish everyone prosperity and good health in the new year. On behalf of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Board of Directors, I also want to extend our gratitude for your continuing support.
In March of this year USCA will mark its third anniversary. We began this journey with a simple mission - to provide a voice for grassroots ranchers in the national policy arena, enhanced by a full time presence in Washington, DC. Our goal was to do so in a manner that commands respect and achieves access at the highest levels of government in order to influence policy decisions which have lasting, positive effects on our industry.
In a matter of three short years, USCA has become a force to be reckoned with on Capitol Hill. We have become the pure, undiluted voice for grassroots cattle producers and independent cattle feeders, with a perspective regularly and often sought out by policy decision-makers on matters that impact our bottom lines. We have you, the members, to thank for this success. Your participation in and support for the effort has taken this organization to a level that none of us dared hope for in such a short time. I hope that during this time of reflection you consider what you’ve accomplished and what it means to your industry as well as future generations.
With the new session of Congress set to begin, much work lies ahead of us. From climate change legislation and environmental issues, to beef checkoff reform, to ensuring a vigorous defense of the country of origin labeling law at the World Trade Organization, to enhancing competition and our markets, to the estate tax debate, the challenges are many. USCA stands ready to face these challenges.
I encourage you to stay involved and engaged with the issues. USCA will continue to work diligently to keep you abreast of issues as they arise.Your activism on behalf of your industry makes all the difference in the world when crunch time comes in Washington, DC.