WASHINGTON- Many issues such as tax reform, the Endangered Species Act reform, and U.S. water are being discussed this week in the nation’s Capitol.

Even though markets are important, most ranchers would agree it’s federal regulation that threatens their livelihoods.

“We all back at home know how we want to manage our farms and ranches. We just want the government to get out of our way,” Dan McCarty NCBA LMC and Affiliate Outreach Director said. “That’s why we’re back here. So, we can manage our resources the way we see fit. And that we can market our calves and our grains the way see fit.”

With shipping season underway back home, another important policy issue the NCBA is working on involves new federal regulations for those who transport livestock to and from market.

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“So, the electronic logging devices go into effect on December 18th of this year,” NCBA Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Cooke said. “We have a greater realization that as these new regulations come into place we have a greater need for flexibility for those who haul live animals versus those who don’t.”

For organizations like the NCBA, their policy set at the grassroots level by ranchers like those in Montana.

“If you don’t like the way things are, you need to be involved with some sort of change and the way to do that is through a collective voice of the industry,” McCarty said. “And the way to do that is through the policy process.”

When it comes to key legislative priorities for the U.S. beef cattle industry, the work never stops on Capitol Hill. With the help from groups like the NCBA, some progress is being made.

For more information, visit the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s website.

-Russell Nemetz reporting for MTN News