More Convention Information

NCBA New Member & First Timer Orientation

Tuesday, February 4 – 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm 

Open to all NCBA New Members and First Time Convention Attendees. Plan to attend this session where you’ll meet NCBA Officers as well as NCBA Top Hand Club Members who will share the who, what, when and where’s of being a new member to NCBA as well as how to get the most benefit from attending your first convention. Don’t miss this informative session!

NCBA Policy Forum

Wednesday, February 5 – 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join us as we discuss the results of the 2013 elections and how they will impact the cattle business. We will also discuss the status of the farm bill, taxes, intrusion from the EPA, and issuesimpacting Public Lands.

Building Beef Demand Outlook Session

Wednesday, February 5 – 10:30 am- 11:30 am

“Until a consumer spends a dollar on beef, nobody makes any money.” The beef industry invests
a lot of resources to make sure two important things come together at the meat case and at the restaurant: a variety of quality beef products and consumers who are motivated to purchase them.

The Demand Outlook session will explore the interrelationship of domestic consumer
preferences (convenience, safety, value, nutrition and health, and taste) with issues that impact our industry image and our freedom to operate, while also understanding the impact of global growth opportunities on the domestic market.

All convention attendees are invited to this session but the Demand Outlook session will provide a foundation for creating the 2014 checkoff plan of work and is essential for checkoff committee members.

NCBA Federation Forum

Wednesday, February 5 – 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

The Federation represents the 45 Qualified State Beef Councils that collect the $1 per-head checkoff, and their individual board members. SBCs voluntarily invest in the Federation and through this partnership; checkoff dollars from the state level are combined and invested to
enhance national demand-building programs. Attend this forum to learn more about the Federation structure and gain insight into the demand-building initiatives undertaken through
the state/national partnership.

NCBA Regional Caucus Meetings

Wednesday, February 5 – 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Here is your chance to meet cattlemen from your region of the country to discuss important
regional issues and how they may impact your operation.

Joint Checkoff Committees

Thursday, February 6 – 12:00 pm – 5:15 pm 

The 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention will introduce an exciting new era in checkoff planning. As approved by beef producers in 2013, checkoff committees are now based on Industry Long Range Plan core strategies and domestic beef demand drivers. This change reflects a desire for beef producers to be more knowledgeable about all checkoff programs and to insure strong cross-functional programming efforts by checkoff contractors. Specific scheduling will be included in the convention program.

NCBA Policy Committee Meetings

Thursday, February 6 – 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Your voice counts! Those in the beef cattle industry are strongly encouraged and welcome to attend and participate in the decisionmaking that shapes the issues affecting operations. You must be a committee member to vote in NCBA Policy Committee meetings. If you are interested in becoming a committee member, contact your state cattlemen’s or cattlewomen’s association or state beef council. Committee and subcommittee meetings will be held Thursday. Specific scheduling will be included in the convention program.

Industry Board of Directors Meetings

Friday, February 7 
7:30 am – 8:15 am – Joint CBB & NCBA Federation Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 am – 11:00 am – Cattlemen’s Beef Board Meeting

8:30am – 11:00 am –
 NCBA Board of Directors Meeting 
Sponsored by Caterpillar

The CBB and NCBA’s board of directors will conduct their respective business during these sessions. The meeting allows CBB members and NCBA directors to hear and participate in discussions of all industry issues, yet ensure each organization acts separately on its own business. Typical business includes:

  • Reports specific to each organization
  • Joint committee priorities
  • Election of 2013 leadership

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