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The Midwest Cattleman · September 9, 2021 · P3

                   September 9, 2021   Volume 27   No. 8

       DOWN NAVIGABLE WATERS PROTECTION RULE                                                          By Greg Henderson

         Last week, the U.S. District                                         Even as total beef cow num- to an 0.8% increase to 3 mil-
      Court in Arizona struck down                                          bers declined, Canada’s total  lion head in the eastern prov-
      the 2020 Navigable  Waters                                            cattle inventory increased for  inces. Inventories in western
      Protection Rule (NWPR), a                                             the first time in four years on  provinces declined 0.1% to
      regulation that corrected the                                         July 1, as Statistics Canada  9.3 million head. The largest
      disastrous 2015 Waters of the                                         reported 12.285 million head,  share of Canadian cattle is
      United States (WOTUS) rule                                            an increase of 0.2% from July  found in Alberta with 39.6%
      and provided key protections                                          1, 2020.                          of the total, followed by Sas-
      to farmers and ranchers.                                                Western Canadian ranch- katchewan 21.9% and Ontar-
         “The Navigable Waters Pro- in this decision and will con- ers have struggled with  io 13.1%.
      tection Rule limited federal  tinue advocating for regula- drought this year, and the                      Coupled with the report-
      overreach and provided regu- tions  that  protect  the  ability  overall herd increase was due  ed decline in  America’s cat-
      latory certainty to our nation’s  of cattle producers to invest in                                      tle herd of 2% to 100.9 mil-
      cattle producers,” said NCBA  their land and care for their                                             lion head by USDA on July
      Chief Environmental Counsel  cattle.”                                                                   1, smaller supplies from the
      Scott Yager. “The NWPR was a          The  Biden Administration                                         two countries should be ex-
      solution to the far overreach- had previously announced its                                             pected in the coming years.
      ing 2015 WOTUS rule but yes- intent to repeal and replace                                                  The Canadian beef cow
      terday’s court decision adds  the NWPR. While NCBA dis-                                                 herd reported a decline of
      further  confusion  to  an  issue  couraged the repeal of NWPR,                                         1.7% to 3.6 million head. In
      that has been complicated by  the Biden Administration pur-                                             the U.S. the July 1 decline
      decades of activist-driven liti- sued a deliberative, transpar-                                         was 2% to 31.4 million head.
      gation. NCBA is disappointed                    continued on page 12 Photo- CCA                                       continued on page 10

         This  year and next  year  and poultry exports.                                               By Portia Stewart
      are looking to break records          "Producers      are    facing     From gate to plate, con-           The National Cattlemen’s
      when it comes to U.S. agricul- what's really good domes- sumers                  are     increasingly Beef Association  (NCBA)
      tural exports.                     tic and export demand,  seeking beef with a story —  announced their plan to ad-
         USDA is out with its  says Seth Meyer, USDA Chief  and paying for it. National  dress beef sustainability and
      new  ag  export forecast for  Economist. "This is how you  Beef Quality  Audits have  solidify their commitment to
      both  this year  and next,  get a signal for producers to  identified  “where and how  environmental, economic and
      and  it's showing exports  enhance, expand production,  cattle were raised” as a key  social sustainability for the
      could  hit $173.5  billion  in  you know, exports certainly  attribute for a decade, and  U.S. Cattle Industry. The an-
      2021, which is $4  billion  have a job multiplier when  major food companies have  nouncement came during the
      more than 2020. Experts say  we think about what we send  launched broad programs to  NCBA general session, “Sus-
      it's due to higher livestock,  overseas. I think it's a good  satisfy that desire.                      tainability — Opportunity, or
      poultry, and dairy exports.        sign that folks love and want        Now, cattle producers in  a Bunch of Bull?”
         For 2022 exports val- American agricultural prod- the U.S. are responding with                          Marty Smith, 2021 NCBA
      ues could reach $177.5  bil- ucts, even as prices rise, as  more initiatives to answer  Past President, a rancher
      lion  due  to  growth  in  dairy  they come in for more."             consumer demands for more  and an attorney from Waca-
                                                           The       U.S. transparency around animal  hoota, Fla., announced goals
                                                        will also  buy  welfare, traceability and sus- focused on four critical areas:
                                                        more          for- tainability.                                     continued on page 10
                                                        eign  ag  prod-
                                                        ucts,  but  the
                                                        U.S.  ag  trade                                    Coming Sales-30
                                                        surplus is  ex-                                    Life is Simple-5
                                                        pected to con-                                     Market Report-8
                                                        tinue to grow.
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