A statement has been released by the Federation of State Beef Councils about their work of last week to define a structure that would be separate from NCBA, but allow the Federation to still work in a synergistic way with the organization. According to the statement the working group has identified principles it believes support an independent Federation structure, while also retaining operational efficiencies found in its 14-year relationship with NCBA.
The working group has shared its preliminary recommendations with Federation directors and beef council executives. The next step is to share the draft recommendations with USDA, in order to gain feedback.
Following a feedback period and development of final recommendations, Federation directors are expected to vote on the matter in February 2011, during the cattle industry convention in Denver.