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General Session II

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Cowboy Comedy Club

Registration open 6:00am - 4:00pm

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FFA Day

Friday, February 2, 2018

FFA Day at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show on Friday, February 2, during the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention.

This is a great opportunity for all FFA members to attend the Cattle Industry Trade Show at a significantly discounted rate of $30.00 per person. The first 200 registrants receive complimentary registration from Culver’s! Use promo code FFACULVERS during registration. 

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Best of Beef Breakfast

Friday, January 2, 2018

7:00am - 9:00am

The Best of Beef Awards Breakfast is our chance to honor the cattlemen and women and cattle industry partners who go above and beyond to put our industry's best foot forward. Help us recognize these men and women for their outstanding service, dedication and commitment to beef.

Sponsored by Rabo AgriFinance
Beef donated by Two Rivers Chophouse and Cargill

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General Session II

Friday, February 2, 2018
9:30am - 11:00am

Featuring Keynote Speaker Jim Abbott

Join us for an inspiring and uplifting General Session II with keynote speaker, Jim Abbott. Jim was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. Despite challenges, he went on to become an All-America hurler at Michigan, won the Sullivan Award in 1987 and was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988. Memorably, Abbott threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland in September 1993. He played for ten seasons on four different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.

Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities. Jim continues to be a Guest Pitching Instructor during Spring Training for the Los Angeles Angels.

Join us as Jim talks to us about overcoming adversity. To continue to move towards our goals we must be willing to adapt. To change, and mold ourselves in order to meet the obstacles in our own way. Using ADAPT as an acronym you can put together a powerful set of words that stand alone in their significance, but they also string together like a chain in an amazing way.

A - Adjustability

D - Determination

A - Accountability

P - Perseverance

T- Trust

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NCBA Sustainability Update Forum

Friday, February 2, 2018
11:15am - 12:15pm

Discuss with producers and the rest of the beef supply chain NCBA’s involvement in sustainability initiatives like the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Why does NCBA participates in these efforts and what are the benefits to producers? Ask questions of cow-calf producers, feeders, packers like Cargill and retailers like McDonald’s and Arby’s about their involvement. 

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Emerging Leaders Luncheon
With Vision, There's Hope - How Not to be the Career of Last Choice

Featuring Bruce Vincent
February 2, 2018
11:30am - 1:30pm

Presented by NCBA's Young Beef Leaders & American National CattleWomen
An entire generation of students have been taught that career choices that include 'getting your hands dirty' are somehow less than fulfilling - at least for anyone with intelligence. This wrong-headed thought process is especially dangerous for the producers that feed, clothe, and shelter humanity. We must take steps to correct this stimulus if we want a healthy economy, protected planet, and competent work force in the next generation.  


Checkoff & Policy Committee Meetings

Friday, February 2, 2018
12:30pm - 5:30pm

Checkoff committee meetings are open to everyone. Committee members (CBB and Federation) will be seated at tables; guests are invited to join in the gallery. During the meeting, committee members will set priority direction for the Beef Checkoff Program.
In NCBA Policy Committee meetings you will get the latest on EPA proposals, trade deals, cattle marketing, and Federal Lands issues. You must be a committee member to vote in NCBA Policy Committee meetings. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact your state cattlemen's association.

Business Meetings

Ag & Food Policy Committee

The Agriculture & Food Policy Committee develops policy on such issues as Federal Farm Programs, Haying and Grazing, Disaster Relief, Labor Issues, Government Funded Production Research, Beef Nutrition and Safety. The committee, at the discretion of the chair and vice chair, can establish subcommittees on an as needed basis.

Committee Leadership

Chairman: Dave DeLaney, TX

Vice Chairman: Debbie Lyons-Blythe, KS

NCBA Staff Liaison: Allison Cooke

Meeting Details

Fri., Feb. 2

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Phoenix Convention Center- Room 124

Meeting Documents

2017 Summer Business Meeting Minutes

2018 Cattle Industry Convention Agenda

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Cattle Health & Well-Being Committee

The Cattle Health & Well Being Committee develops policy on such issues as animal care, drugs and biologics, domestic and foreign animal diseases, and animal health research. The committee also works closely with the United States Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration regarding producer education and formulation and implementation of regulatory policy.

Committee Leadership

Chairman: Jimmy Holliman, AL

Vice Chairman: Dale Grotelueschen, NE 

NCBA Staff Liaison(s): Kathy Simmons & Jessica Watson

Meeting Details

Fri., Feb. 2

12:30-3:30 p.m.

Phoenix Convention Center- Room 127

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Federal Lands Committee*

The Federal Lands Committee develops policy on issues related to grazing on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.

*Joint Meeting with the Property Rights & Environmental Management Committee from 12:30-2 p.m. in Phoenix Convention Center- Room 126

Committee Leadership

Chairman: Rex Sacco, UT

Vice Chairman: JJ Goicoechea, NV   

NCBA Staff Liaison(s): Ethan Lane

Meeting Details

Fri., Feb. 2

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Phoenix Convention Center- Room 126

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International Trade Committee

The International Trade Committee develops policy on issues related to international trade including market access, trade laws and trade agreements. This committee sets policy used to engage with the international community, USTR, USDA, Congress, and international policy entities, and other trade or regulatory bodies which determine our ability to trade in live cattle, genetics, and beef around the world.

Committee Leadership

Chairman: Jason Zahn, ND

Vice Chairman: Missy Bonds, TX   

NCBA Staff Liaison: Kent Bacus

Meeting Details

Fri., Feb. 2

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Phoenix Convention Center- Room 129

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Live Cattle Marketing

The Live Cattle Marketing Committee develops policy on issues related to industry structure, price discovery, futures markets, cattle/beef market price reporting, grading and transportation. This committee will also set policy used to engage with the CME Group, CFTC, GIPSA, and other entities which impact cattle and beef markets.

Committee Leadership

Chairman: Myron Williams, SD

Vice Chairman: Steve Sunderman, NE  

NCBA Staff Liaison: Sarah Calhoun

Meeting Details

Fri., Feb. 2

12:30-2:30 p.m.

Phoenix Convention Center- Room 129

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Business Meetings

Membership Committee

To work with state affiliate partners and committee members in setting strategic direction for membership growth and retention, affiliate services and state/national partnership opportunities through feedback and input on new programs and evaluation of existing efforts.

Committee Leadership

Chairman: Jerry Bohn, KS

Vice Chairman: Joe Guild, NV  

NCBA Staff Liaison: 

Meeting Details

Fri., Feb. 2

2:30-4:30 p.m.

Phoenix Convention Center- Room 128

Meeting Documents

2017 Summer Business Meeting Minutes

2018 Cattle Industry Convention Agenda

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Property Rights & Environmental Management Committee*

The Property Rights & Environmental Management Committee develops policy on issues related to natural resources, property rights and endangered species. The committee works closely with Congress and the regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency regarding laws and regulations that impact private land owners.

 *Joint Meeting with the Federal Lands Committee from 12:30-2 p.m. in Phoenix Convention Center- Room 126

Committee Leadership

Chairman: Tim Koopmann, CA

Vice Chairman: Tom McDonald, TX  

NCBA Staff Liaison: Scott Yager

Meeting Details

Fri., Feb. 2

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Phoenix Convention Center- Room 125

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Tax & Credit Committee

The Tax & Credit Committee develops policy on issues related to estate taxes, capital gains and alternative minimum taxes, income taxes and social security, business taxes and banking and credit.

Committee Leadership

Chairman: Gene Copenhaver, VA

Vice Chairman: Scott Peterson, NE    

NCBA Staff Liaison: Danielle Beck

Meeting Details

Fri., Feb. 2

12:30-2:30 p.m.

Phoenix Convention Center- Room 125

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Blue Jacket Social

Friday, February 2, 2018
2:30pm - 4:00pm

Calling all current FFA members and alumni! Time to dust off your blue jacket and mingle with your fellow and former colleagues.


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Happy Hour Hops - Trade Show Reception

Friday, February 2, 2018
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Friday's Trade Show Reception.

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Young Cattlemen's Conference Alumni Reception

Friday, February 2, 2018
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Calling all Young Cattlemen’s Conference Alumni! Join your fellow cattlemen in Phoenix to celebrate 38 years of this great program! Reminisce with your fellow classmates about your life-changing YCC experience. All Young Cattlemen’s Conference alumni are invited to attend catch up with your fellow classmates and all former participants.

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Cowboy Comedy Club & Desert Gloasis

Friday, February 2, 2018 
8:00pm - 1:00am

"Here's Your Sign" you won't want to miss the 2018 Cowboy's Comedy Club. This star studded line up will kick off with Whose Line Is It Anyway stand outs  Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood. The fun won't stop there-  Bill Engvall, a founding member of the Blue Collar Comedy Club will headline the evening and is sure to deliver nonstop laughs and entertainment for the entire family!
Don't GLOW anywhere following the Comedy Club! Attendees will have a chance to light up the room and dance the night away at the Desert GLOasis After Party. You don't want to be left in the dark by missing this high-energy event. Ready. Set. GLOW!

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Friday Schedule

Registration Open

6:00am - 4:00pm

Best of Beef Breakfast

7:00am - 9:00am

NCBA Trade Show

9:00am - 5:00pm

General Session II

9:30am - 11:00am

NCBA Sustainability Update Forum

11:00am - 12:00pm

Checkoff & Policy Committee Meetings

12:30pm - 5:30pm

Happy Hour Hops - Trade Show Reception

3:00pm - 5:00pm

YCC Alumni Reception

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Cowboy Comedy Club & Desert Gloasis After Party

8:00pm - 1:00am

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