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CERCLA / EPCRA Reporting for Cattle Operations - update from NCBA

TO: NCBA Officers, State and Breed Affiliates

FROM: Scott Yager, NCBA Chief Environmental Counsel

DATE: January 18, 2018

SUBJECT: CERCLA/EPCRA Reporting for Cattle Operations

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As January 22nd nears, I’m providing an update on our progress related to CERCLA and EPCRA reporting requirements for cattle producers. To recap, in April 2017, the DC Circuit court determined that EPA did not have the authority to exempt agriculture from these reporting requirements, thus vacating an exemption that was on the books for 10 years. NCBA pursued a number of potential solutions, and is hopeful for a long-term fix. However, with the deadline approaching, I want to ensure that every member has access to compliance materials, should they determine that they are required to report.


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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.

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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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