from the NLPA 2009 Summer Meeting
Springs, CO (Aug. 19, 2009) -- The Board of Directors of the National Livestock Producers Association was hosted by its member, Tri-State Livestock Credit Corporation, in Sacramento, CA for its 2009 summer meeting.
With the economy being very challenging at present, the NLPA directors discussed its effects on livestock marketing and credit. Welcoming NLPA to California was Mr. A.G. Kawamura, California’s Secretary of Agriculture. Mr. Kawamura commented on the agricultural diversity of his state, but also the diversity of issues they face. Not only does California have significant budgetary issues, its agricultural industry is under a constant barrage of attacks from animal rights groups and environmental interests that threaten the viability of the industry.
A featured speaker at the meeting was Dr. Leonard Bull, Chairman of the Board of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture. Dr. Bull expressed his appreciation to the directors for the development of the management agreement NIAA has with NLPA. He indicated NIAA is very happy with the agreement and looks forward to a very long relationship.
The directors not only convened to do the business of NLPA, but also had an extensive tour of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at the University of California – Davis. Dr. Richard Breitmeyer, California’s State Veterinarian, welcomed the NLPA Board to the laboratory and provided an in-depth history of the lab system and its vast functionality. After touring the impressive facility, Dr. John Adaska, UC-Davis professor, discussed the impacts on marketing caused by Johne’s Disease and Dr. Frank Mitloehner presented a recently concluded study on livestock’s real contribution to climate change. Dr. Mitloehner methodically debunked the recent United Nations report which attributes 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions to livestock production. In fact, only 2% of greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock in the U.S. He further discussed the fallacy of organic agriculture as being the solution since there is not enough arable land on the earth to feed the billions of people under that scenario.
Finally, the Board was addressed by Casey Stone, co-owner of Yolo Land & Cattle Company from Woodland, CA, on the diverse management practices they employ on their 8,000-acre ranch. The Stones were recently honored as the National Winner of the NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award.
The 2010 NLPA Annual Meeting will be held January 18th – 20th in Nashville, TN.