Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Jamie) (Kyle) Hi this is Kyle Bauer from San Diego visiting with Craig Uden. Craig is the Vice-President of NCBA, will be the President next year. Craig, tell us just a little bit about your cattle operation. (Craig) We’re a commercial cattle feeding operation in central Nebraska. I’ve got four partners and do a lot of commercial cattle fitting for ranchers and just basically cattle people throughout the United States. And then I also have cow/calf operations right there located right around there. So, we stay pretty busy and it’s kind of a gate to plate mentality for my portion of the operation, because I’m going to raise ’em to feed ’em and try to make that all take a quality product and make a quality product on the plate after we grow it. (Kyle) Taking a leadership role in National Cattlemen’s or any national organization takes a large time commitment for yourself. Why do you choose to do that? (Craig) Well you know I’ve been coming to this convention for 30 some years. And I always took back more than I ever gave. And if you’re going to stay in this business and people that you find, the progressive people that are always thinking outside the box and moving the needle forward and that’s what it takes to stay in business. No matter what business. But this one is highly capitalized and you’ve got to be on the cutting edge. As I got older and was able to I can give back now. (Kyle) As you looked toward the next year and of course the year after that when you’ll be President, what sort of issues have the biggest concern? (Craig) Right now we’re really working on the Trans Pacific Partnership. And that’s very vital to us right now. The main reason is we’re already behind on the trade with Australia. They went and did a bilateral with Japan, which is our largest trading partner and consequently we suffered. We were $100 million dollars short last year. And consequently our 38 percent tariff really creates a problem for us to move and couple that with the high dollar, it’s…we have to have trade. Global trade is a necessity if we’re going to grow this industry two percent and maintain these kind of prices and now that we’ve come out of drought we increase this herd, we need to keep that eye on the ball that we have to have that international marketing. (Kyle) And truly the U.S. beef is unique in the world in that it can demand some higher price, but when you see tariffs like that it’s hard to be competitive. (Craig) You know it really is hard to be competitive. We give them a higher quality beef and they consume a lot of products that we don’t necessarily consume here. It’s just not that they take half of the carcass that we take, they take a lot of things we don’t. It’s not a lot different than we have to import constantly because we are a ground beef nation. We consume about 56 percent of our beef as ground beef. But we don’t get 56 percent off of a beef carcass. So, consequently it is a global issue and people here understand that there is a global aspect. (Kyle) We’re visiting with Craig Uden. He is the Vice-President of NCBA. This is Kyle Bauer reporting. Back to you Jamie.
(Jamie) Thanks for joining us. I’m your host Jamie Bloom and I hope you enjoyed today’s show. See you next week on Farm Factor – we’re here every Tuesday on AGam in Kansas.
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