Industry experts will deliver relevant updates on issues that have a direct impact on your cattle operation:
Washington, D.C. Legislative Update – Friday, March 23, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, NCBA
As we conclude the first year of the Trump administration, dozens of key issues affecting agriculture are in various states of change: tax policy, international trade, transportation, WOTUS and more. As a leading Capitol Hill lobbyist, Colin Woodall plays a key role working on behalf of ranchers. Come hear his update on how these federal policy changes will affect your cattle operation.
NAFTA and International Trade – Saturday, March 24, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented more than 20 years ago, beef exports to Mexico and Canada have increased from less than $700 million to more than $2 billion. We will discuss the role NAFTA and international trade play in helping the beef industry add value to the domestic beef supply chain.
Changing Consumer Preferences – Saturday, March 24, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Consumer preferences are changing rapidly. Online food sales are growing. Prepared meal kit delivery services such as Blue Apron and Hello Fresh are changing how urban consumers plan meals and purchase beef. Plus, the consumer wants to know, more than ever, about the beef products they consume. This presents a challenge and an opportunity to the beef industry. Our panelists will talk about this challenge and how the industry can respond.
Update on Eminent Domain Reform – Saturday, March 24, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jason Skaggs, Executive Director, Government and Public Affairs, TSCRA
The 2017 Legislative Session was frustrating for those who support eminent domain reform. Against a backdrop of an increasing population and the need for land for public resources such as energy and transportation, the property rights of landowners must be better protected. This session will discuss the ongoing efforts for eminent domain reform and how landowner groups are preparing for the 2019 Texas legislative session.