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Just for OT, a press release



February 6, 2006

For Immediate Release




Montana Producers Attend National Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show

(Helena) For anyone connected to agriculture, the sea of cowboy hats gracing Colorado’s 792,000 square foot Convention Center in Denver was a heartening sight last week.



From 5000-6000 registrants and 600 vendors met at the annual Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show to hold meetings, hear presentations from government officials and industry experts, attend the Pfizer Cattlemen’s College, and see cutting edge products and services in the 250 booth trade show. This year’s theme was “Cowboy Up”.



Montana had a large contingent present, including the Montana Stockgrowers Association’s (MSGA) Executive Officers, three past MSGA board presidents, representatives of the Montana Public Lands Council and Montana Association of Grazing Districts, the staff of the Montana Beef Network, and officers of the Montana CattleWomen and Montana Beef Council. MSGA’s Montana Breakfast sponsored by Pfizer, Inc., was “standing room only”, and many Montana producers present helped MSGA staff and board members win $1500.00 in the Pfizer Cattle Master Challenge trivia game.



The event featured addresses by U.S. Department of Agriculture Mike Johanns, U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Richard Crowder, and an entertaining and informative keynote address by Dr. Barry Asmus, Senior Economist for the National Center for Policy Analysis. Television and movie personality Sam Elliott received a standing ovation after thanking the beef industry for allowing him to be their spokesperson and saying the now-famous slogan “Beef-it’s what’s for dinner”.



The members of MSGA submitted four resolutions for consideration at the convention; all were finalized in their respective national committees and ultimately passed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) board and membership.



Stevenson Basin, Inc., of Hobson was honored as a finalist in the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) Vision Award competition, which highlights individuals and operations who have incorporated innovation into their operation to enhance not only their business but also the industry as a whole. The award went to Jim Odle and Phillip Jeffers/Superior Livestock of Fort Worth, Texas. The Environmental Stewardship National Award was won by the Lightsey Family of Lake Wales, Florida.



Also during the week, new officers and committee members were elected to positions within NCBA and Cattlemen's Beef Board, and the Beef Industry Long Range Plan was unveiled and detailed. The plan-which extends through 2010-calls for a tripling of beef exports and a 10% increase in consumer demand.



A bull and sale credit auction from the nation’s top breeders, a 24 hour dedicated TV channel in seven area hotels, a team penning competition, celebrity and artist appearances and a barn dance rounded out an exciting week in an exciting year for the U.S. cattle industry.


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photos attached in .jpg format...



Nick Campbell of Pfizer Corp. at the Montana Breakfast

Carol Mosher of Augusta at the NCBA Board Meeting

Tom Hougen of Melstone discusses resolutions prior to committee meetings

Jacob Smith of Glen plays for the Montana team in the Pfizer Cattle Master Challenge





The Montana Stockgrowers Association, a non-profit organization representing nearly 2,500 members, strives to serve, protect and advance the economic, political, environmental and cultural interests of cattle producers, the largest sector of Montana’s number one industry – agriculture.




Christie Messer
Communications Coordinator/Publications Editor
Montana Stockgrowers Association
420 N. California
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 442-3420
Visit our updated Website!! http://www.mtbeef.org
 

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Now that sounds more like a convention. :clap: :clap: :clap:

A bull and sale credit auction from the nation’s top breeders, a 24 hour dedicated TV channel in seven area hotels, a team penning competition, celebrity and artist appearances and a barn dance rounded out an exciting week in an exciting year for the U.S. cattle industry.
..and a lot of fun.
 

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"The members of MSGA submitted four resolutions for consideration at the convention; all were finalized in their respective national committees and ultimately passed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) board and membership."

Didn't membership pass a resolution at the last convention that got reversed rather quickly by leadership? Did Vegas put any odds on these last four resolutions lasting? :p
 

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Sandhusker said:
"The members of MSGA submitted four resolutions for consideration at the convention; all were finalized in their respective national committees and ultimately passed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) board and membership."

Didn't membership pass a resolution at the last convention that got reversed rather quickly by leadership? Did Vegas put any odds on these last four resolutions lasting? :p

And which one was that Sandhusker. The one where 9 out of 10 points were accomplished so the leadership lead and decided that the tenth point wasn't a deal breaker?
 
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sw- Can you tell us what the four resolutions are that MSGA requested and got approved?
 

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Big Muddy rancher said:
Sandhusker said:
"The members of MSGA submitted four resolutions for consideration at the convention; all were finalized in their respective national committees and ultimately passed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) board and membership."

Didn't membership pass a resolution at the last convention that got reversed rather quickly by leadership? Did Vegas put any odds on these last four resolutions lasting? :p

And which one was that Sandhusker. The one where 9 out of 10 points were accomplished so the leadership lead and decided that the tenth point wasn't a deal breaker?

You got a stick in this game, BMR?
 

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Sandhusker said:
Big Muddy rancher said:
Sandhusker said:
"The members of MSGA submitted four resolutions for consideration at the convention; all were finalized in their respective national committees and ultimately passed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) board and membership."

Didn't membership pass a resolution at the last convention that got reversed rather quickly by leadership? Did Vegas put any odds on these last four resolutions lasting? :p

And which one was that Sandhusker. The one where 9 out of 10 points were accomplished so the leadership lead and decided that the tenth point wasn't a deal breaker?

You got a stick in this game, BMR?


Was the resoulution not about the Canadian border?
 

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Sandhusker have you ever belonged to a grouop that lobbies on behalf of a industry? I do and I know that the resolutions that are passed at conventions are a "WISH LIST" Guidelines that your membership would like you to try to accomplish. Some might not be fully reached but that is the wayit works, you try your best but you also do your best and recognize when that point is reached and to push it further would not help the cause. just because the membership asks for something doesn't mean it is 100% deliverable.
 

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Big Muddy rancher said:
Sandhusker have you ever belonged to a grouop that lobbies on behalf of a industry? I do and I know that the resolutions that are passed at conventions are a "WISH LIST" Guidelines that your membership would like you to try to accomplish. Some might not be fully reached but that is the wayit works, you try your best but you also do your best and recognize when that point is reached and to push it further would not help the cause. just because the membership asks for something doesn't mean it is 100% deliverable.

I realize that, BMR, but that's not what happened. It wasn't that some of the points just couldn't be accomplished, some of them were REVERSED.
 

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Sandhusker said:
Big Muddy rancher said:
Sandhusker have you ever belonged to a grouop that lobbies on behalf of a industry? I do and I know that the resolutions that are passed at conventions are a "WISH LIST" Guidelines that your membership would like you to try to accomplish. Some might not be fully reached but that is the wayit works, you try your best but you also do your best and recognize when that point is reached and to push it further would not help the cause. just because the membership asks for something doesn't mean it is 100% deliverable.

I realize that, BMR, but that's not what happened. It wasn't that some of the points just couldn't be accomplished, some of them were REVERSED.


Which ones were reversed?
 

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Big Muddy rancher said:
Sandhusker said:
Big Muddy rancher said:
Sandhusker have you ever belonged to a grouop that lobbies on behalf of a industry? I do and I know that the resolutions that are passed at conventions are a "WISH LIST" Guidelines that your membership would like you to try to accomplish. Some might not be fully reached but that is the wayit works, you try your best but you also do your best and recognize when that point is reached and to push it further would not help the cause. just because the membership asks for something doesn't mean it is 100% deliverable.

I realize that, BMR, but that's not what happened. It wasn't that some of the points just couldn't be accomplished, some of them were REVERSED.


Which ones were reversed?

BMR, read the letter from NCBA AFFILIATE Independent Cattle Producers of Texas. It will explain everything to you. For your convience, it's even in the achives on this board. Read it. I don't want you questioning if I'm bringing facts or just my opinion.
 

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MSGA Proposed Resolutions

Beef & Cattle Imports Over 30 Mos.

WHEREAS, the economic analysis of livestock and meat has not been completed, and
WHEREAS, there is consensus among the scientific community that cattle over 30 month of age are the primary risk animals for BSE.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Stockgrowers Association does not support the USDA's proposed opening of the border to live cattle over 30 months of age or beef derived from these cattle until negative economic and/or health impacts are deemed to be minimal.

Yellowstone Park Brucellosis

Amend existing policy to add these THEREFORES

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that MSGA request the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Interior, or their designees, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to development and implementation of a Brucellosis Elimination Plan for brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area bison and elk herds, and their environment.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the MOU direct the United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) be named the lead federal agency for the development and implementation of an elimination plan.


USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN TO CONDEMN PRIVATE PROPERTY

WHEREAS in recent times, municipalities have used the "eminent domain" process to condemn and seize private property for the purpose of private economic development and re-sale to the private sector.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Montana Stockgrowers Association oppose the use of "eminent domain" by municipalities and local government to condemn private property for the sole purpose of economic gain or development for individuals and/or corporations.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT in situations where properties are condemned, MSGA supports compensation to landowners based upon the highest and best use for such land.


INJUNCTION REVIEW

WHEREAS extremist anti-livestock groups are using the judicial system to try to restrict livestock grazing;
WHEREAS court injunctions have been used to halt historic grazing rights until litigation and bureaucratic processes can be completed; and
WHEREAS the sudden loss of these historic grazing rights creates undue economic hardships to grazing permittees that are affected by these injunctions;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that MSGA assess the legality and the feasibility of enacting state and federal legislation that would prohibit court ordered injunctions preventing historically permitted grazing pending completion of agency processes.



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