Dave McCracken, the organization’s president, says members are tackling a host of issues this week that are important to the industry, which has a $12-billion a year impact on the state’s economy.
McCracken says, “We have various committees that discuss policies that may be brought to the legislators to make new laws or to adjust old laws.”
The three-day session kicked off Wednesday with a “Cattlemen’s College” event featuring various speakers from across the nation who talked about the latest technological advances in the cattle industry.
Today’s session will include a market outlook report followed by the annual business meeting.
“We have our final board meeting where the new executive committee is voted in,” McCracken says. “We make the final decisions on what was voted on by the committees. It’s very important for our members to attend that final meeting because that’s where the final vote on policies of the Nebraska Cattlemen are held.”
He say they’re optimistic about the future, even though financial challenges lie ahead for the industry.
Reporting by Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney