Feeding & Marketing


Brian Amundson, Chairman
Levi Rue, Vice Chairman
20-Resolution passed in 2020
19-Resolution passed in 2019
18-Resolution passed in 2018



WHEREAS, the data provided through US­DA’s Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) system is vitally important to producers and enhances their ability to make informed mar­keting decisions; and

WHEREAS, national negotiated trade re­ports through LMR currently report price and volume in categories of 0-14 and 15-30 day delivery periods.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports LMR reporting.

       THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA supports revisions to im­prove LMR reports by providing more timely and greater data detail that includes an 11 a.m. daily LMR report providing average carcass weights and volume of cattle harvested the previous day.



WHEREAS, the cattle feeding industry in North Dakota adds value to North Dakota crops and agricultural co-products and adds value to cattle; and

WHEREAS, cattle feeding stimulates the local economy in supporting services of vet­erinary, transportation, marketing, banking, machinery and other input providers; and

WHEREAS, terminal slaughter markets are available within the surrounding region; and

WHEREAS, cattle values and cattle feed­ing costs have increased substantially, and capital availability has not kept pace.

         THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA encourages the legislature, the Bank of North Dakota and other lending agencies to support the business of cattle feeding through easier access to capital, including lower equity requirements and competitive interest rates.



WHEREAS, infectious diseases carried by livestock or meat imported from other coun­tries could be devastating to the U.S. beef cat­tle industry; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. government contin­ues to pursue trade agreements with some of these countries.

         THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA opposes the importation of cattle and meat from countries with an infectious disease until the possibility of infecting U.S. livestock or humans is negligible as determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, any disease traced back to these imports be the full responsibility and liability of the country of origin.



WHEREAS, livestock manure has many beneficial uses and does not degrade surface or ground water supplies when applied to land at appropriate agronomic rates with accepted agricultural practices; and

         WHEREAS, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled in Con­cerned Area Residents for the Environment (CARE) v. Southview Farm that runoff from animal waste applied through a center-pivot irrigation system, manure spreader or front-end loader is a point source of pollution; and

       WHEREAS, federal and some state regula­tory agencies have proposed that individuals applying organic nutrients to land not owned or controlled by a livestock production facil­ity must obtain permits and keep extensive records and that such regulations will put it at a competitive disadvantage to commercial fertilizer, reduce demand and increase liability for livestock production facilities.

         THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA seeks to remove any disincentives and create new incentives in federal programs to increase the utilization of manure for soil fer­tilization, conservation and greenhouse gas reduction.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA supports actions to con­tinue the definition of animal manure applied to the land through accepted agricultural prac­tices as a non-point source.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA opposes any efforts to regulate natural, organic nutrients as toxic or hazardous waste.



WHEREAS, North Dakota livestock pro­ducers are dependent on the sale of livestock for much or all of their annual income; and

WHEREAS, livestock dealers are an inte­gral part of the business of livestock market­ing; and

        WHEREAS, if a livestock dealer goes into default and livestock producers or auction markets have not been paid for cattle which they sold to the buyer in default, current law gives lenders priority to the funds and assets of the dealer in default ahead of unpaid sellers.

         THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports legislation brought forward by the Livestock Marketing Association that would put unpaid sellers in first position for assets available in a dealer default.



WHEREAS, price discovery has been chal­lenging in the past, especially during an upset within the marketplace; and

WHEREAS, different regions of the coun­try have different types of cattle, different marketing agreements and varying numbers of cattle to market; and

WHEREAS, packer participation may or may not happen on negotiated trade.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA encourages a regional percentage ne­gotiated trade from the packers voluntarily.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, if a voluntary solution is unattain­able, then the NDSA pursues legislative or regulatory action to ensure participation from the packer.



WHEREAS, a strong communication sys­tem is necessary for economic development and maintaining a strong business climate; and

WHEREAS, many of our rural communi­ties lack adequate cell phone coverage to meet their communication needs.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA shall encourage the development of cell phone coverage in rural areas to meet the communication needs of rural business.



WHEREAS, the CME Group’s live cattle contract is an important risk management tool for the cattle industry; and

WHEREAS, the physical delivery on the live cattle contract is a necessary function to facilitate convergence of futures market prices with the cash market.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports physical delivery of live cat­tle.

        THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA shall oppose any chang­es by the CME Group that would adversely affect cattle feeders’ ability to deliver on live cattle contracts, including but not limited to the discounting of deliveries to any delivery point.



WHEREAS, NDSA standing policy states that it believes in the fundamentals of free en­terprise and in the free marketplace as the first choice of economic concepts.

      THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports labeling of U.S. beef through the channels of free enterprise and entrepre­neurship rather than a government-mandated COOL program, which ultimately diminishes the free-market economic concept. 



WHEREAS, the five-state price reporting accounts for less cattle every year due to alter­native pricing options.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA pursues a change to the current system to include all cattle traded for the week.



WHEREAS, U.S. Department of Agricul­ture (USDA) inspectors have a crucial role in food safety and consumer confidence; and

WHEREAS, food safety and consumer confidence have a direct impact on the beef industry’s access to markets, both foreign and domestic.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA opposes removal of USDA inspectors from packing plants and any privatization of the inspection process.



WHEREAS, the beef industry is dependent upon the acceptance of its product by consum­ers worldwide; and

WHEREAS, the beef industry continues in its quest for a wholesome and safe product.

         THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA urges the secretary of agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and all other agencies to use caution, common-sense and science when dealing with such matters to prevent media sensationalism.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA urges checkoff funds be used to educate consumers about the proper care and preparation of beef products for the sake of consumers and producers alike.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RE­SOLVED, the NDSA opposes allowing the secretary of agriculture or any federal agency to recall product arbitrarily.



WHEREAS, the NDSA recognizes the necessity of increased beef and beef product exports.

         THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s efforts to effectively orga­nize all organizations and government agen­cies involved in foreign market development to provide a united, well-developed and ag­gressive foreign trade effort, with the goal of a positive balance of trade with all nations.



WHEREAS, the NDSA supports the hu­mane harvest of horses for domestic use and/or export.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the sale and/or transportation of horses for harvest and the export of horses and horse products.



WHEREAS, standards of meat inspection in foreign plants exporting meat to the United States are required by law to be the same as U.S. meat inspection standards.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports holding all imported meats to the same production, harvesting, processing and transportation standards as domestically produced product.