Legislative Priorities Abound For Cattle Industry
Cow Calf Weekly
While they may not be scrambling quite as fast as an alley cat at a dog show, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association lobbyists in Washington, D.C. don’t lack for things to do to keep them busy, says Jay Truitt, head of the Washington legislative efforts for the cattle industry.
Truitt says a series of priorities are hitting all at once and that’s keeping things interesting and busy.
“Korea and Japan are on the cusp,” he says, “and we have to what we have to do to get them open.” Even if that means opposing the recently-negotiated free trade agreement if Korea continues to refuse to open its beef market to commercially viable trade. “We need another Mexico to keep us shored up,” he says, pointing out that our neighbors to the south are now buying around $1.4 billion in U.S. beef a year.