NCBAs Woodall Encourages Preparedness for November Election

National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President for Governmental Affairs Colin Woodall says the upcoming election is especially important. He says the results will not only determine the Presidency - but define what happens during the lame-duck session of Congress and determine the priorities of the new Congress moving forward in 2013. Woodall says it's important to get out and vote. All of the seats in the U.S. House are up for grabs. About one-third of the U.S. Senate seats are as well. Woodall also encourages involvement at the local level - supporting candidates for city, county and state offices who support agricultural interests.

For NCBA - Woodall says the number-one issue is the estate tax. If Congress fails to act by the end of the year - the exemption from the so-called death tax will return to one-million dollars. Estates valued above that level will be taxed at a rate of 55-percent. Simply because of the value of farm and ranch land today - Woodall says a family farm or ranch doesn't have to be large to exceed the one-million dollar threshold. The group's second priority is securing passage of a farm bill. That must happen during the lame-duck session if it's going to pass this year.

But most important of all - Woodall says - is getting prepared to vote on November 6th. Get registered - and if unable to vote in person - make arrangements for early or absentee voting. A Political Action Map is available on NCBA's beefusa dot org website (www.beefusa.org). Users can select their state and get information about how their representatives voted on NCBA priority issues. There are also links for voter registration.

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