AG EDUCATION TEACHERS - 17 (RE)
WHEREAS, many of North Dakota's agricultural teachers will be eligible for retirement soon; and
WHEREAS, the number of ag teachers available now is not enough to satisfy the demand for ag education in our schools; and
WHEREAS, North Dakota State University has the only ag teacher education program in the state.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports efforts to offer greater visibility of the ag education major and career area to encourage prospective students to pursue them.
BEEF CHECKOFF PROGRAM - 17 (RE)
WHEREAS, the beef checkoff has helped increase beef demand by providing funding and structure for food safety research, informing the public about beef's positive nutritional attributes, organizing and coordinating the beef industry's issues management strategies, leveraging dollars for international and domestic marketing efforts and working with retailers and foodservice outlets to promote beef; and
WHEREAS, the NDSA was instrumental in getting the national beef checkoff passed; and
WHEREAS, the NDSA remains committed to the long-term success of the program; and
WHEREAS, the NDSA would like to continue these positive trends into the future for the benefit of the entire beef production chain.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports an increase in the national beef checkoff assessment rate for the purpose of adequately funding an effective demand-building program.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, if a revision to the beef referendum process is to be considered, it should provide producers the opportunity at regular-time intervals to petition for a referendum on continuing the beef checkoff program.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA opposes any changes to the beef checkoff program that would significantly alter the management of it, politicize the program and/or strip or limit the grassroots checkoff-investment decision-making authority of state beef councils.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA encourages the U.S. Department of Agriculture to maintain an open discussion about the utilization of some checkoff dollars to promote U.S. beef.
LIFE-CYCLE ANALYSIS - 17 (RE)
WHEREAS, claims about the environmental impacts of beef production are prominent in both public and policy discussions; and
WHEREAS, these claims have the potential to negatively affect consumer demand for beef and to foster burdensome regulations that negatively affect the profitability of beef production; and
WHEREAS, claims that the U.S. beef industry is environmentally harmful are based on misinformation and unsupported rhetoric, instead of sound science.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports continued research on the life-cycle analysis of U.S. beef production.
IMITATION OR LAB-GROWN PROTEIN – 17 (RE)
WHEREAS, there is an increase in investment toward the development of imitation or lab-grown protein sources, some of which use meat terminology in their product names.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports educational efforts to inform consumers on the value of meat in the diet and the difference between meat and imitation or lab-grown meat products.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA supports truth in labeling rules that would clarify that difference.
FUNDING ANIMAL SCIENCE TEACHING PROGRAMS - 16 (RE)
WHEREAS, the future of North Dakota's livestock industry rests in the hands of today's youth; and
WHEREAS, the costs of providing proper training in animal sciences and related fields continues to increase.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports efforts to properly fund the cost of providing such training in the North Dakota University System.
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, NDSA supports the restoration of funds to animal science programs in the North Dakota University Systems.
JUDGING TEAMS - 16 (RE)
WHEREAS, the judging teams at North Dakota State University have been an important part of the educational system; and
WHEREAS, those in agriculture are called on more and more to explain our industry to the urban population; and
WHEREAS, it is proven that those involved in the judging teams have had a positive influence in the industry.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the North Dakota State University judging teams be a high priority when it comes to funding the curriculum.
SBARE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES - 16 (RE)
WHEREAS, beef cattle production is important to the economy of North Dakota by providing jobs and generating new wealth; and
WHEREAS, strong agricultural research and Extension programs are important to maintain or improve productivity and profitability.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education priorities for the 2017 legislative session for increased funding for beef industry research and Extension, with special emphasis on the restoration of cuts which have occurred as a result of the budget allotment process and the SBARE capital improvement priorities, which include funding for a new meats research laboratory. These priorities will maintain and enhance competitiveness of the state's agricultural economy and the beef industry for future generations.
BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE - 15 (RE)
WHEREAS, the Beef Quality Assurance program has been an integral part of beef producer education since 1991; and
WHEREAS, the Beef Quality Assurance program’s mission is to maximize consumer confidence in and acceptance of beef by focusing the producers’ attention on daily production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness and quality of beef and beef products through the use of science, research and education initiatives; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the Beef Quality Assurance program as a system to support a productive beef industry that produces beef products that meet consumers' needs for flavor, safety, healthfulness and consistency.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NDSA supports the Beef Quality Assurance program as an avenue to educate producers so that every segment of beef production can make knowledge-driven decisions to respond to market signals and create tools to help industry participants create value for cattle, beef and by-products while employing good animal welfare and stewardship practices.