The Colorado Cattlemen's Association (CCA), at its annual convention, in Pueblo, passed nine resolutions, or policies, which affect everything from packer ownership of cattle to monument designations.
Several of the resolutions became interim policy at the CCA Mid-Winter Conference last fall and became full policy when approved by CCA members, at the convention. Other resolutions were introduced at the convention during the 17 CCA committee meetings, where the ideas were discussed and debated, rejected or approved before proceeding to a vote among the full CCA membership.
Each of the following resolutions are now full CCA policy and provide a framework for the association in its efforts to work with governmental agencies or to help develop legislation.
The following resolution is based on an idea utilized in Idaho-an entity whose sole purpose is to educate the general public on the benefits of grazing. The new policy directs CCA to investigate the possibility of developing a similar program in Colorado.
--The Colorado Cattlemen's Association supports and encourages the investigation of the formation of a rangelands resource commission in Colorado.
--The CCA calls upon the state of Colorado through the Department of Natural Resources and Division of Wildlife to protect the rights of landowners, permitees and lessees when the listing of a species is unwarranted.
--CCA encourages the state of Colorado, through the DNR and the DOW, to develop proactive programs preventing the proposed listing of endangered species in conjunction with CCA.
--The Colorado Cattlemen's Association supports the formation of a proactive landowner-controlled, incentive-based effort that would make agricultural landowners a full and active partner in society's mission to preserve endangered, threatened and candidate species that likely may ultimately be listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act and that would coordinate reimbursing said landowners in a justifiable financial manner for the significant contributions they provide toward species and habitat conservation. Such effort would be voluntary in nature fair to participating and nonparticipating landowners.
CCA members also developed policy on the increasingly important issue of monument designation and federal land management.
--Members of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association recommend that any and all of the land purchased, leased or otherwise acquired for the site of the Sand Creek Massacre be acquired solely from willing sellers or lessors, and that no control be exerted by the federal government by condemnation or other regulatory measures upon any landowners who are not willing to enter into an agreement with the federal government for such purpose.
--The Colorado Cattlemen's Association is opposed to any special designation of federal lands that do not address the concerns of the affected grazing permittees and local association concerns.
--The Colorado Cattlemen's Association will consider any future wilderness proposals on their individual merits.
--The Colorado Cattlemen's Association shall oppose any portion of the Old Spanish Trail bill which allows adverse takings or condemnation of any private land owner's land, for any reason, including all historic and scenic trails.
--The Colorado Cattlemen's Association oppose the proposed alternative D of the White River National Forest revised plan.
Citing a need to make the voting process more accessible to all National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) members, CCA members also discussed means of improving the voting process at NCBA conventions.
--The Colorado Cattlemen's Association requests the NCBA to change its voting procedure for the stakeholders meeting to be replaced by a mail-in ballot.
Voicing concerns that captive supplies owned by meat processors were hurting individual beef producers, CCA members also voted to support legislation restricting packers' long-term ownership of cattle.
--The Colorado Cattlemen's Association support legislation that would ban ownership or control of livestock by the big four packers except for 14 days prior to harvest.