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NAT'L CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSN CALLS FOR LIMITED SEC GREENHOUSE GAS RULE FOLLOWING SENATE HEARING
National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) reports:

WASHINGTON - Today, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) reiterated the need for a limited version of the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) greenhouse gas disclosure rule following SEC Chairman Gary Gensler's testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking.

"The SEC's proposed greenhouse gas disclosure rule is aimed at large publicly traded companies but would lead to unintended consequences for small businesses like farms and ranches. The rule would require data that simply does not exist at the farm or ranch-level and increases the regulatory burden on individual cattle producers," said NCBA Chief Counsel Mary-Thomas Hart. "We urge the SEC to limit their proposed rule to avoid unintentional impacts to farms and ranches."

Background

The SEC's greenhouse gas disclosure rule, proposed earlier this year, would require publicly traded companies to disclose their direct (scope 1), indirect/energy use (scope 2), and supply chain (scope 3) greenhouse gas emissions. The requirement to include scope 3 emissions would place a disproportionate burden on cattle producers whose beef is part of the supply chain for publicly traded restaurants and retailers. Additionally, the rule exposes individual producers to additional levels of legal liability.

NCBA previously submitted technical comments on the rule and individual cattle producers sent over 7,406 emails to SEC commissioners and members of Congress expressing concern with rule. NCBA has encouraged the SEC to remove the requirement to disclose scope 3 emissions, which would lessen the burden on cattle producers.

About the NCBA

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America's cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy. As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or membership@beef.org.


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