Congress returns from recess on May 6 and several issues affecting cattle producers will be on the agenda.

In a weekly audio report, NCBA's Executive Director of Legislative Affairs Kristina Butts says the NCBA is busy addressing several issues affecting the beef industry this month.

Early in May, the Senate Agriculture Committee will markup their version of the farm bill in the first two weeks of May. One area of concern for beef producers is the legislation carrying an agreement between the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States giving Congress authority over production practices and standards for food producing animals.

The NCBA is taking an active role to keep the agreement out of the final farm bill through a grassroots educational campaign targeting Senate and House members.

Kristina says the NCBA is also working to pass the Animal Drug User Fee Act to keep 90 technical employees who review new technologies in the animal health arena on staff. The agreement between the Food and Drug Administration and animal pharmaceutical companies has to be authorized by Congress by Sept. 30.