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NCBA leadership understands the anxiety and uncertainty that has resulted from the spread of COVID-19, and we’re committed to doing our part to alleviate those concerns and to help prevent any further transmission. In the past 24 hours, the U.S. Capitol complex has been closed to the public and a state of emergency declaration was made by the Mayor of Washington, D.C. As a result, NCBA is cancelling its Spring Legislative Conference, scheduled for March 31-April 2, 2020.

The NCBA Spring Legislative Conference was scheduled to follow the Public Lands Council’s annual legislative conference, which is also cancelled. There are no plans to reschedule NCBA’s Legislative Conference in 2020, the next event will be held March 16-18, 2021.

Participants who booked hotel reservations through the Trump Hotel International should contact the Reservations Department directly at 202-695-1100 to cancel their reservation as soon as possible. The Trump Hotel has agreed to release all rooms without penalty at this time. Participants who need to cancel airline reservations should contact their air carrier directly, as current cancellation and waiver policies vary by airline.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will work with the entire beef community and its stakeholders to move past this situation as quickly as possible. We thank NCBA members and stakeholders in advance for the ongoing support of the association and the beef community.

SAVANNAH – The National Farmers Union (NFU) 118th Anniversary Convention concluded today following the adoption of the organization’s policy book and special orders of business. More than 500 family farmers and ranchers convened in Savannah, Georgia, to set policy positions and priorities that support American farm and ranch families and strengthen rural communities.

 

Delegates to the convention adopted the NFU Policy Book and six special orders of business that will guide the organization’s government affairs priorities over the course of the next year, especially as they relate to the tough economic circumstances and sustainability issues facing family farmers. Before the policy review began, they elected Rob Larew to succeed Roger Johnson as the organization’s president and reelected Patty Edelburg of Scandinavia, Wisconsin, to serve as NFU Vice President.

 

“The reason for Farmers Union’s longstanding success – and the reason why I am so enthusiastic about leading this organization – is its grassroots structure,” said newly elected Farmers Union President Larew. “Each year, our members set organizational directives and federal policy priorities in a democratic process, which ensures that the work we do in our national office is really in the best interest of the hard-working family farmers and ranchers feed, fuel, and clothe our nation.”

 

Convention attendees heard keynote remarks from Matt Paul, a nationally recognized expert in public affairs, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. NFU President Roger Johnson delivered his final State of the Farmers Union address, offering an overview of his 11-year-long tenure and an optimistic outlook for the organization’s future. Additionally, the convention featured a panel on black land loss and voting rights and breakout sessions on precision agriculture, the history of grassroots organizing, regenerative farming, farm to table, and hemp production.

 

“Between low commodity prices, climate change, and trade uncertainty, there are so many challenges in farm country right now,” said Larew. “But there are so many bright spots too. As consumers get more interested in where their food comes from and how it’s made, new local and diverse agricultural markets are opening up. Conservation agriculture holds significant potential for financial and environmental benefits. Every day, new technologies are making it easier for farmers to improve efficiency and sustainability. And across the country, there’s a resurgence in support for family farm agriculture. So while this convention is a crucial opportunity to address the difficulties facing family farmers and ranchers, it’s also an opportunity to celebrate all the reasons we love agriculture and dedicate our lives to it.”

 

In order to provide the national organization a set of priorities for the coming year, 199 Farmers Union delegates approved six special orders of business:

 

– Family Farming and 2019: A Most Challenging Year

– Family Farming and the 2020 Election

– Family Farming and Climate Change

– Family Farming and Cooperatives

– Family Farming and Dairy Policy Reform

– Family Farming and Truth in Labeling and Promotion of Meat Products

 

Full text of the adopted policy manual will be available soon at www.nfu.org