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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
7:00am – 10:00am: Registration
8:00am – 8:45am: Setting the Stage: What’s Up in Washington, D.C.?
8:45am – 9:45am: Update on USCA’s Meat Demand Monitor, with Dr. Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University
9:45am – 10:30am: Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Rostin Behnam
10:30am – 12:00pm: Policy Committee Meetings:
10:30am – 12:00pm: Marketing & Competition, Animal Health & ID
10:30am – 12:00pm: Independent Beef Processors, Labeling, and Trade
10:30am – 12:00pm: Checkoff, Transportation, and Public Lands & Environment
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Keynote Address by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller
1:00pm – 1:45pm: Fireside Chat with Representatives from CME Group
2:00pm – 2:30pm: Board of Directors Meeting
2:30pm – 4:30pm: Annual Meeting of Members
Policy Resolutions and other business as needed.
5:30 – 7:30pm: Dinner & Live Auction Fundraiser
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
7:00am – 10:00am: Registration
8:30am: Welcome & Introductions
Greetings from Texas Elected Officials
Welcome Remarks by USCA President Justin Tupper
9:00am – 10:00am: Undersecretary for Marketing & Regulatory Programs Jenny L. Moffitt, U.S. Department of Agriculture
10:00am – 11:00am: Managing Risk and Making Decisions in Today’s Market: Panelists will explore strategies, tools, programs, and best management practices that producers can use to minimize risk and maximize profit. All attendees will receive a one-year complimentary subscription to BeefBasis.com (a $240 value).
– Brett Crosby, Custom Ag Solutions
– Tait Berlier, Ag Risk Advisors
11:15am – 12:00pm: Maximizing Carcass Value & Improving Human Health with Better Fed Foods Improve your soil health and animal performance with sustainable products and practices, while maintaining supply chain traceability using blockchain technology to provide even greater transparency for you and your customers.
– Bernie Hansen, Better Fed Foods
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Beef Luncheon
1:00pm – 2:00pm: U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Emerging Issue: mRNA Technology in Livestock Vaccines A viral tweet issued earlier this year called attention to the use of mRNA technology in livestock vaccines. Though there are no mRNA vaccines licensed for use in beef cattle in the U.S., there is ongoing research and development underway to bring a product to market. Proponents of the technology cite faster manufacture and deployment of vaccine in endemic situations, such as a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. Opponents of the technology point to the lack of publicly available knowledge on how the short- and long-term impacts of vaccines utilizing mRNA technology on both the health and well-being of the animal of the humans who consume the resulting meat products. This panel discussion will explore both sides of the issues and how the industry can ensure animal, consumer, and environmental health and safety.
– Dr. Andy Schwartz, DVM, State Veterinarian and Executive Director of the Texas Animal Health Commission
– Dr. Brooke Miller, past president, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association; Board-Certified Family Physician; Owner/Operator, Ginger Hill Angus
– Dr. Richard Urso, M.D., Houston, TX
3:15pm – 4:00pm: Emerging Issue: What You Really Need to Know About the Carbon Market: Carbon credits hold enormous potential, as intentions are to reward and incentivize land stewardship. However, this is a new and emerging market with a “pay-for-performance” model that can include obscure contracts and/or require large operational changes that require informed decision making and in-depth risk assessment by landowners before committing. This “what you need to know” session aims to help ranchers make informed decisions regarding carbon contracts.
Good Grazing Makes Cent$
4:00 – 4:30pm: Putting it All Together: A Profitable Future for the U.S. Cattle Industry
4:45 PM: Drawdown Raffle Winner Announced!