March 21, 2008

A good trip to D.C.

Although differences do come up from time to time, Nebraska corn and beef producers have a lot of common issues -- from market access to animal welfare issues to environmental regulations. That's why the two groups made a joint trip to Washington, D.C., to talk to the Nebraska legislative delegation, USDA, their respective national organizations and others.

This is the second time the Nebraska Corn Board has funded a joint lobbying trip to Capitol Hill, and from the sounds of it, the efforts were successful again this year. One positive bit of information the group learned was that the South Korean beef market may be opening soon -- with the help of a free trade agreement. It's an important market for U.S. beef and could add $30-40 per head of cattle.

The Corn Board has more info here and here. Both posts have audio files attached, if you'd like to hear some real live Nebraska cattle and corn producers.

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