NB_190_12_21 - NB 190-21-12 ECS – 2021 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattle Industry Annual Convention
NB 190-21-12 ECS – 2021 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattle Industry Annual Convention
National Bulletin: 190-21-12 Date: March 23, 2021
Subject: ECS – 2021 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattle Industry Annual Convention

Action Requested By:   April 16, 2021  
Purpose.   To notify personnel and solicit participation in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show scheduled August 10-12, 2021, in Nashville, TN.   
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2021  
Background.   Initiated in 1898, the NCBA is the marketing organization and trade association for America’s one million cattle farmers and ranchers. The NCBA convention is the oldest and largest convention for the cattle business. As family farmers and ranchers, cattlemen have a vested interest in protecting the environment.        
Explanation.   The NCBA’s National Cattlemen’s Foundation is a primary partner with NRCS regarding conservation of natural resources on rangeland, pastureland, grazed forest, and other grazed ecosystems in America.  They cosponsor the National and Regional Environmental Stewardship Award program with NRCS and other conservation organizations, highlighting NRCS activities on private lands.  NRCS not only provides input and funds toward this end, but also provides personnel to contribute to the construct of annual selections and events, including the actual award presentations at the NCBA convention.  This meeting provides important training and communication opportunities with primary partners in conservation.  The committee meetings also require NRCS presence to guide NCBA and provide important information to NRCS leadership regarding NCBA policies and impacts on our clients.


If travel limitations are applied, employees participating in one or more of the following activities will receive priority for attendance:


  • Presenting a paper, poster, or making a presentation

  • Conducting training

  • Maintaining credits for professional development units or continuing education units

  • An active member of a technical committee meeting at the annual meeting


States and regional centers should complete “NCBA-2021_Attendee_Detailed_Cost_Analysis _Spreadsheet” (Attachment A).  Return the form to Julie DePue at julie.depue@usda.gov with “2021 NCBA Attendance” in the subject line, by close of business on Friday, April 16, 2021.  Please include only attendance requests to Julie DePue.  Ecological Sciences Division will initiate the final AgCMS entry.  Each administrative office must prepare travel authorizations and cover related travel costs including registration fees.  


Please note that agency travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic might still be in place and restrict employee attendance.  
Contact.   For further information, please contact National Grazing Lands Coordinator, Michael Margo, at (817) 509-3308, or email michael.margo@usda.gov.  


Deputy Chief for Science and Technology            
Attachment A - NCBA-2021 Attendee Detailed Cost Analysis Spreadsheet. 
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