LIVESTOCK MANURE - 17 (FM)
WHEREAS, livestock manure has many beneficial uses and does not degrade surface or ground water supplies when applied to land at appropriate agronomic rates; 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.
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.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA opposes any efforts to regulate natural, organic nutrients as toxic or hazardous waste.
LIVESTOCK DEALER TRUST - 17 (FM)
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.
CELL PHONE COVERAGE - 16 (FM)
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.
CME LIVE CATTLE DELIVERY – 16 (FM)
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.
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.
COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN LABELING - 16 (FM)
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.
VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVES - 15 (FM)
WHEREAS, animal health and welfare are top priorities for livestock producers; and
WHEREAS, new veterinary feed directives and guidances establish new regulations that will be imposed on feed distributors, veterinarians and producers; and
WHEREAS, the rules could inhibit producers’ ability to provide timely treatment to their animals, prove costly and time consuming and burden already strained large-animal veterinary and agribusiness resources; and
WHEREAS, without an accompanying traceback system, the new regulations will do little to curb anti-microbial resistance.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA works with the appropriate entities, organizations and elected and appointed government officials to ensure that livestock producers have reasonable access to products that help ensure animal health and welfare.
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA insists that all cattle-related regulations be meaningful, based on science and not cost prohibitive.