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Getting Political

ANCW outlines legislative concerns.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2016) — The American National CattleWomen (ANCW) convened membership meetings Jan. 26, prior to the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention, to discuss present and future legislative actions and concerns.

The ANCW Legislative Policy Alerts & Actions Committee is responsible for making the organization’s membership aware of legislative actions “we feel are not beneficial to you, the Rancher,” explained Wanda Pinnow, Policy Alerts & Actions chair.

Pinnow spoke on behalf of Kristina Butts, Policy & Resolutions chair, who was delayed in her arrival to the convention. Pinnow stressed that communication is key in making effective and meaningful decisions in the best interest of producers and ANCW members.

“We need to communicate effectively with each other,” Pinnow said.

Pinnow outlined features of the ANCW website, noting the Legislation Committee tab. Members can view information for conferences and view scheduled visits to Capitol Hill from their states by navigating the tab. For more information, visit

Recently, Congress has engaged in a number of legislative issues concerning the ranching community, including tax reform, transportation reauthorization, oversight of dietary guidelines, expanding market access for U.S. ranchers, the Endangered Species Act, and perhaps most notabl, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Pinnow urged members to be involved in these discussions.

The 2016 NCBA Legislative Conference will be April 12-14 in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The ANCW Region 1 meeting will be hosted April 11 in conjunction with the conference.

“This is a great opportunity to visit with your elected officials and regulators in Washington, D.C., regarding the issues that are most important to you and your family operations,” Butts wrote.

Engage, stay active and be prepared was the closing message of the meeting.

The ANCW is an affiliated member of NCBA, providing its members with federal policy engagement by NCBA D.C. staff.

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