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CCA to host Capitol Conversations, a bi-weekly conference call


The Colorado Cattlemen's Association will be hosting a bi-weekly conference call to inform beef producers of legislative activities. The conference call will take place the second and fourth Thursday of each month through April 24. A call on May 7 will serve as a final wrap-up to the session.

CCA has a daily presence at the capitol during the legislative session to ensure that beef producers are represented on issues important to their business and livelihood. CCA tracks and actively works on any and all proposed legislation that affects the beef cattle industry, property rights, and our members' ways of life.

The CCA is committed to preserving the industry-funded services that Colorado's brand inspection laws and division employees offer to the beef industry. The Brand Inspection Division has a long history in Colorado beginning around 1865. Today, the division administers more than 37,000 livestock brands to identify ownership of cattle, sheep, mules, burros, horses, elk, and fallow deer. Brand inspection is crucial to verify ownership in cases of strayed or stolen livestock. Animal health programs and disease prevention are strengthened by the ability to trace animals to their herd of origin. Colorado's brand law is one of the strongest and most effective in the United States and is critical to Colorado's agricultural industry, which represents a significant portion of the state's economy.

The Administration has recommended that $500,000 of livestock producer's dollars be taken from the Brand Inspection Division to help balance the budget. This is essentially a $500,000 tax on the livestock industry, as fees will have to be raised to compensate for the lost dollars needed to fulfill livestock inspections according to the law. Livestock producers are emphatically and categorically opposed to this recommendation.

There are a number of bills currently in the house and senate that CCA is closely monitoring on behalf of its members, please visit www.coloradocattle.org to see our full Legislative Tracking list. You can also visit our CapWiz site, http://capwiz.com/beefusa/co/home/, to contact your representative about current legislation and see action alerts CCA is issuing.

Please join us for the inaugural Capitol Conversation Feb. 12 at noon. Participants are asked to call 218-844-3230 and enter access code 131588# (long distance charges may apply).

Colorado Cattlemen's Association is the state's only nonprofit trade organization exclusively representing Colorado's cattle producers. Founded in 1867, CCA is the nation's oldest state cattlemen's association.

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