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In response to Secretary Zinke’s announcement regarding potentially releasing grizzly bears into WA State.

Livestock Groups Respond to Potential Washington Grizzly Bear Introduction:

Man-Eating Grizzly Bears Would be a Blow to Entire North Cascades Ecosystem


Today the Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA), Public Lands Council (PLC), and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), issued the following statements in response to the Department of the Interior’s announcement in support of introducing Grizzly Bears in the Washington North Cascades:

“The idea of dumping man-eating Grizzly Bears from helicopters into Washington National Parks has not been well thought out.  Once the Grizzly Bears walk out of the park into rural towns and private and state lands, the communities surrounding the recovery area can be greatly impacted. Already the livestock community has had little to no help with the management and recovery of wolves in the North Cascades, and cannot accept and welcome another federally listed apex predator with no monetary help from the federal government. What is the reasoning behind thinking a recovery like this can be accomplished without the support of the ranching, logging, recreation, and natural resource based communities or consideration for public safety?" - Sarah Ryan, WCA Executive Vice President 

"We are extremely disappointed with the Department of the Interior’s support to introduce Grizzly Bears to the North Cascades of Washington. For more than a year we have heard the Secretary talk about being a better neighbor, but unfortunately actions speak louder than words. Reintroducing as many as 200 man-eating predators into an area already reeling from exploding gray wolf populations is anything but neighborly. This decision won’t just impact ranchers - it’s a blow for the entire North Cascades ecosystem, the safety of locals and visitors, and the local economy, too. In fact, the only beneficiaries of an action like this will be the radical environmental activists that support this type of ill-advised ecosystem tinkering." - Ethan Lane, PLC and NCBA Federal Lands Executive Director


RCW 77.12.035 Protection of grizzly bears—Limitation on transplantation or introduction—Negotiations with federal and state agencies.  This RCW and related house and senate bills can be found here.

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Engaging in the Federal Appropriations Process

Last week, the Public Lands Council kicked off a multi-part series delving into the appropriations process as it relates to opportunities in influencing policy. In our initial segment, we talked about the difference between mandatory and discretionary spending. Mandatory spending is a formulated amount of money decided by Congress in legislation (like Medicare and Social Security). Discretionary spending is spending on programs that are not specifically defined in legislation (like funding for wildfires and funding for horse management areas).

Now it is time to take a closer look at how the appropriations process is used to authorize discretionary spending and examine how PLC engages in the appropriations process on behalf of 22,000 public lands ranchers. 


Using this process to delist wolves... click below 

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Report From the WA State Department of Agriculture

by Dr. Amber Itle, Interim Assistant State Veterinarian

Livestock Inspection Program - Financial Status

The financial status of the Livestock Inspection program has been a topic of conversation for several years.  Former analysis provided to the LID Advisory Board in 2016 projected a budget shortfall of - $695,000 by the end of the 2017-19 biennium with no additional revenue.

Weak Calf Syndrome Product Update

by Jamie Clark, John Wenz, Dale Moore, and Craig McConnel

WSU Veterinary Medicine Extension and Field Disease Investigation Unit

Spring calving season is right around the corner. We heard your concerns last year of unexplained death losses in newborn beef calves. In the 2017 Weak Calf Syndrome (WCS) project at WSU, we documented that 42% of responding herds experienced WCS in 2017, increased from 18% in 2016. WCS applies to calves that are born full term and are stillborn or weak, or may be born normal and die within two weeks of birth without an obvious reason for death. They may have difficulty sucking or standing, and require significant nursing care to keep alive.

Culverts throughout Washington

The following is an interesting read concerning the culvert case ruling that has come out of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. You may ask why does this concern me?  Well, this ruling could potentially be applied to remove dams, restrict farming, and prohibit water rights. Added to the fact that this ruling will require Washington to take out more than 800 culverts, which will cost our state billions of tax dollars.  The basis behind the ruling was that these culverts potentially diminish fish runs, violating treaty rights. The dissent focused on the fact that this opinion expands the treaty and is much too broad. The US Supreme Court has been asked to overturn this ruling.

UW-ESM/USDA Project to Partner with Western Ranchers to Develop Ranch Enterprise Budgets, Assess Economic Impact of Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation.

Tip Hudson, WSU

Working, with University of Wyoming, on a project to assess costs of sage grouse conservation practices.  He will be putting together a short meeting with some ranchers to discuss this and collect some data on ranch practices and estimated costs at WCA Convention. 

Tipton D. Hudson | Associate professor, rangeland & livestock management | Washington State University Extension | 901 E. 7th Avenue, Ellensburg | 509-962-7507 | hudsont@wsu.edu

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Cattlemen Launch Month-long Media Campaign for Comprehensive Tax Reform

NCBA Launches new website: CattlemenForTaxReform.com

WASHINGTON (September 7, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today kicked off a media and advertising campaign that will shine a spotlight on how various federal tax provisions impact America’s cattle and beef producers. The campaign, which will focus heavily on the death tax, aims to build support in Washington for comprehensive tax reform that makes our tax code fair for agricultural producers. The campaign will be centered around a new website, CattlemenForTaxReform.com, and will run through September.

July 19, 2017 Public Lands Tour in Tonasket, WA

The Washington Cattlemen’s Association hosted a successful range tour with over 80 attendees in Tonasket, WA, including university and government agencies.


Over the past few years we have received many questions about how the Beef Checkoff functions. Not as many, however, about the demand building work that is conducted on your behalf, through the research, promotion and education work the program is designed to do. The questions we are receiving focus on who does and does not pay and who should and should not pay!

WCA hosts another successful Beef Day on the Hill

The Washington Cattlemen's Association is excited to announce that over 1,400 Tri-Tip sandwiches were handed out at this year's Beef Day on the hill. The WCA would like to thank this year's partners the Washington CattleFeeders Association for assisting with the preparation and grilling of the meat, the Washington Dairy Federation for providing milk and cookies, and the Washington Asparagus Commission for grilling delicious asparagus as a complimentary side dish. 


Field Thanks the WCA for the Past 12 1/2 Years

by Jack Field

"I would like to start by saying Thank You to each and every person that has helped me out along my journey over the past 12 ó years with the WCA as your Executive Vice President. I have decided that the time has come for me to move onto a new set of challenges. I have accepted the position as Executive Director for the Washington Cattle Feeders Association."

What is the Utility of Utilization Monitoring? 

by Tip Hudson, WSU Extension Rangeland & Livestock Specialist  

...We’re trying to do something radical—produce food and fiber on naturally occurring ecosystems while allowing those lands to produce other less tangible “goods and services” such as wildlife habitat, open space, clean water, clean air, recreation areas...

WCA Takes Stance on Reintroduction of Grizzly Bear's in WA State

The Washington Cattlemen’s Association strongly opposes the proposed action of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Parks Service to re-introduce Grizzly Bears into Washington State. The WCA does not think it is proper or prudent to reintroduce an apex predator into Washington State. The WCA believes that Grizzly Bear recover and re-colonization must occur naturally with human augmentation.

Jack Field resigns from the WCA

by Tyler Cox

"After twelve and ½ years, better than 500,000 miles, 7 presidents, 3 governors, and we lost track of how many Directors of Agriculture, our friend and leader, Jack Field has tendered his resignation.

I left a space there for everyone to have time get over the shock.  The very next comment that must be made is that Jack is leaving under the best possible terms and has agreed to be present for the transition.  Jack will be taking a position with the Cattle Feeders.  Even though he is changing hats so to speak, he is still only a phone call away."

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