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EVENT COVERAGE

Read previews or recaps of beef industry meetings, conferences or seminars. Coverage often includes photos and speaker interviews.

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The 2018 Cattle Raisers Convention wrapped up on March 25 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Attendees from across the state and country gathered to hear industry experts, engage in educational opportunities, connect with other ranchers and browse an enormous trade exposition featuring the latest and greatest products available to cattle raisers.

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By the lack of people in attendance during the “Interactive strategies for engaging with federal agencies” session of NCBA Cattlemen’s College in Phoenix, one could assume many ranchers feel it’s a lot like waiting for rain in a drought – hopeless.

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association announced the Jim O’Haco Cattle Company of Winslow, Arizona, as the winner of the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award Program at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona.

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According to Art Douglas, CattleFax meteorology analyst, La Nina is to blame for drought conditions impacting about two-thirds of the U.S. “But as we move toward the summer, things are going to start easing up,” he told NCBA attendees in Phoenix.

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Americans, and by extension the cattle industry, will receive a boost in 2018 due to the recently passed tax reform bill. Mike Murphy, director of protein research and risk management for CattleFax, told producers at NCBA the new tax policy stands to return $900 per household on average.

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“Simply put, the western U.S. livestock industry is dominant in areas of the West that are not suited for farming,” said Tim DelCurto at the Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium in Reno, Nevada.

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