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Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast

Author: California Cattlemen's Association

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A podcast sorting through the issues impacting California's ranching families and producers.
58 Episodes
This episode is first time we are talking about the  Wolf-Livestock Compensation Pilot Program through the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Joining Katie to have this conversation and explain what is available to ranchers through this pilot program is Dr. Ken Tate, a UC Davis Professor of Extension in Rangeland Management—who many listening may know for his research on water quality. We also have Dr. Tina Saitone,  a UC Davis Professor of Extension in Livestock and Rangeland Economics. Episode resources: CDFW Wolf Livestock Compensation Grants Webpage Contact Dr. Ken Tate at kwtate@ucdavis.eduContact Dr. Tina Saitone at
The Animal Ag Alliance’s president and CEO Hannah Thompson-Weeman joins Katie for an update on animal rights activism and the work the Alliance does to keep up on tactics and movements within that community. Hear about trends/topics the Alliance is seeing from the animal rights community, activism movements and news in California and more. Check out to learn more about the Animal Ag Alliance. 
Do you know what county Climate Action Plans are and why ranchers should be aware of them? If you have no idea, tune in to this episode to hear Noah Lopez with Western Resource Strategies and the California Cattlemen’s Foundation’s Rancher Technical Assistance Program, along with San Diego County ranchers Allison and Bryce Fender explain what these plans are and why ranchers should be know about them.Episode resources: In the episode we mention a paper put together by Western Resources Strategies called "Range Cattle in California County Climate Action Plans: a rancher's guide to understanding and engaging in climate action planning." Check out that paper here.We also mention the "Climate Issues Update for Ranchers" webinar that was recently held. If you missed that webinar you can watch the recording of it here.
CCA’s VP of Gov. Affairs Kirk Wilbur joins to provide an update on all CCA’s government affairs team has been working on in Sacramento in the 2023 legislative session.  Hear about CCA's earlier successes and remaining legislative priorities as the race towards the end of session on Sept. 14 begins.
Experts from the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture join Katie to go over the laws of mobile custom livestock slaughtering in California. Hear how a law that went into effect last year impacts mobile custom livestock slaughtering and how it removed limitations for some producers.Visit  for more information and resources.
In October of 2020, Governor Newsom signed an executive order to conserve 30% of California’s land and coastal water by 2030. In this episode Jennifer Norris, Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat at the California Natural Resources Agency provides an update for ranchers on this goal and explains the strategy. In this conversation hear how: the 30x30 plan incorporates working with ranchers and livestock producers to reach the 30%; increasing voluntary conservation easements is part of the strategy; to find out of if any of the acres you manage are eligible to be counted in the 30%;and more.Learn more and see the toolkit mentioned in this episode at the Pathways to 30x30 Webinar: Pathway 3, Increasing Voluntary Conservation Easements talked about in this episode: your 30x30 questions to the Agency:
Secretary of the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross was one of the many speakers at CCA's Midyear Meeting in Paso Robles last week (June 21-22). In this episode, the Secretary shares the strategic objectives of  Ag Vision, a plan developed by CDFA for the next decade. CDFA says, "The plan—which will guide areas of focus for CDFA and serve as a catalyst for action with farmers and ranchers, and other California agencies and partners—is being hailed as not just a plan for agriculture, but a plan to benefit every Californian."See the full plan:
Certified Angus Beef’s Senior Executive Vice President of Marketing Tracey Erickson spoke on branded beef marketing and Beef x Dairy at CCA's 2023 Feeder Meeting. In this interview with Tracey hear about some of the highlights from the presentation and learn a little about the Certified Angus Beef program.
At CCA’s Annual Feeder Meeting last week, Katie caught up with CCA’s Feeder Council Chair Joe Dan Cameron. Listen as they discussion current issues and concerns from cattle feeders in California. 
CCA Fire Subcommittee Chair Anthony Stornetta is back on the podcast to discuss the outlook for the upcoming wildfire season in California, share how the livestock pass and burn boss classes are going and talk about what the state’s fire resiliency efforts have consisted of over the last several months.
This episode of Sorting Pen is a conversation we originally recorded for WSR's Insurance Unscripted  Podcast! In this episode, host Katie Roberti talks with two California beekeepers on the current challenges and issues facing beekeepers and the industry. Hear how the challenges of the bee business compare to those of ranching, and how the opportunities and challenges the American Beekeeping Federation is tackling are similar to those of CCA’s and other agricultural groups.Guests on the episode with Katie:Jay Miller, owner of J2 Honey Company and incoming president of the American Beekeeping FederationDylan Kelly, owner of Ag Pollen Apiaries and beekeeperStephanie Myers, co-owner of WSR, apiculture sales manager and fourth generation cattle rancher WSR Insurance is the exclusive insurance broker of the California Cattlemen’s Association.
Katie visits American River College to chat with Audubon California’s Pelayo Alvarez,  the Director of the Conservation Ranching Program in Sacramento. This episode is a conversation on what Audubon California’s Conservation Ranching Program is and how Audubon California working with ranchers. Katie and Pelayo also talk through some misconceptions about ranchers and ones ranchers have about Audubon, the importance of California rangelands and more.
Tune into this episode to hear an industry update from the California Cattle Council. Recorded just after their spring meeting in the middle of March, Council chair Cody Nicholson-Stratton and Council Executive Director Justin Oldfield join Katie to talk about that meeting, the work the Cattle Council is funding and key priorities of the Council moving through the rest this year.
Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture, joins Katie on the podcast for a discussion on CDFA's current works and programs for producers, the role ranchers play in California, and how listeners can help communicate with Californians about the value of ranching and agriculture in the Golden State.
CCA Vice President of Government Affairs Kirk Wilbur joins Katie for the first legislative update of the year. 
Katie caught up with the Public Land Council and NCBA’s Natural Resources Associate Director Sigrid Johannes during the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention earlier this month for a conversation on what the groups are working on in D.C. on behalf of California ranchers on both public and private lands. Hear about the two regulatory lawsuits NCBA recently filed in January against the Biden Administration and more in this episode.
Each year at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Tradeshow there are a few issues that rise to the top of discussions. At this year's meeting, just held Feb. 1-3, traceability was the topic. Past CCA President, Inyo County cattle rancher and veterinarian Dr. Tom Talbot sat down with Katie on the last day of meetings in New Orleans to explain why discussions on traceability are picking up now and what it means for California producers.Later in the episode CCA officers Rick Roberti and Bev Bigger join to ask a few traceability questions of their own.
California State Treasurer Fiona Ma comes on the podcast to talk directly to California’s beef producers and ranching community. Hear about her role as treasurer for the 5th largest economy in the world, how the State Treasurer's office can help ranchers, how Fiona's curiosity has led her to learn about California agriculture, why Fiona's made it a point to be at CCA's events and to connect with California's ranching community and more.Have another question for Fiona? Email it to her at
CCA Second Vice Presidents Mike McCluskey and Frank Imhof are our guests on this first episode of Season 3 of Sorting Pen: The California Cattleman Podcast. In this quick 20 minutes learn about each of them and their reasons for wanting to serve on CCA’s officer team for the next two years. Make sure to listen to the full episode for an update on CCA’s upcoming building move too. 
In this final episode of season two, get to know San Luis Obispo County cattleman Steve Arnold as he will lead CCA as president over the next two years. 
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