The cattle industry is one of the fastest growing exports of beef across the world, with higher selling rates each year.

However, with climate change affecting the production of cattle and the global response to Ukraine, several changes have impacted these markets. 

In this episode, Brent Mekosh is joined by Ethan Lane, the vice president of government affairs at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Ethan unpacks all things cattle, from the production, the genetic composition they have been able to maintain, and what goes into managing farms all year long.


Ethan discusses: 

  • What you should know about cattle harvest within the United States and across the world
  • How the loss of Ukrainian exports has affected our markets
  • Reasons the United States is the best market in the world to sell beef
  • Ways climate change is impacting beef production in the Southwest areas
  • NCBA’s role in the exchange of beef
  • The age factor within the farming and ranching industry
  • And more!


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About Our Guest:

Ethan Lane is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Ethan is a 5th generation Arizonan with more than 20 years of experience in natural resources, land use issues, and advocacy on behalf of the cattle industry.

Before his role as the Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan was the Executive Director for the Public Lands Council and Senior Executive Director of the NCBA Federal Lands portfolio. Before joining PLC and NCBA, Ethan operated a consulting firm where he worked on multiple high-profile political campaigns and advised a variety of private companies and industries on regulatory and legislative issues impacting their businesses.

Before moving to Washington, Ethan spent ten years helping to grow and manage a large real estate and ranch portfolio in Arizona. His diverse background gives him a unique perspective on the challenges producers face daily.