PLC Legislative Conference

It’s time to amplify your voice in our nation’s capital!

The policies and decisions made in Washington, D.C. directly impact the lives and businesses of ranchers across the West. Each year, the Public Lands Council connects our members directly with those decisionmakers. Cattle and sheep producers will gather to speak with members of Congress and agency officials, participate in education sessions and policy discussions, and enjoy networking with fellow ranchers.

CLICK HERE to view our agenda (subject to change.)



The regular cost of registration is $165, then increases to $185 after March 1. CLICK HERE to register.

We offer a reduced registration cost of $60 for students. We also encourage students to apply for the Nick Theos Scholarship, which is available to assist with travel expenses. CLICK HERE to view details and apply.

NOTE: If you would like to attend the Best of the West Cook Off, you must RSVP by March 21. Details below.


Why should I attend PLC Leg Con?

Engaging with lawmakers and agency officials at the federal level is a powerful investment in the future of your operation. You and your family have a stake in the future of public lands ranching — make sure your views are being represented!

Sharing your story with policymakers is THE most effective tool in our toolkit. Members of Congress and regulators tell our staff all the time that the most impactful evidence we can present to them is your voice. They want to hear your firsthand experiences and perspective on the ground.

The Public Lands Council is member-led and member-directed. If you have been on the fence about getting involved, now is the time to jump in and start shaping the policies and priorities that you want to see us working on all year.


Best of the West Cookoff

After a full day at Legislative Conference, join us for an celebration of Western livestock producers! Back by popular demand, the Best of the West Cookoff will feature public-lands American beef and lamb, on a rooftop with one of the best views in Washington, D.C. Compete as a team, show off your skills, and dig in.

Attendees must RSVP by March 21. CLICK HERE to RSVP. Participants who wish to compete must contact Allie Nelson by March 14.



Q: How do I schedule meetings on Capitol Hill?

A: We can assist you! Contact Allie Nelson.

Q: How do I prepare for Leg Con? Will there be a script to follow?

A: We are here to equip you with all the information you need to have productive meetings! Upon your arrival and check-in, we will provide you with a packet that includes state-by-state fact sheets, issue one-pagers, information on the legislation that lawmakers from your state’s delegation have worked on, and more.

Q: Is there any overlap with the NCBA Legislative Conference? Can I do both?

A: Yes! PLC and NCBA have scheduled our events so that it’s possible for you to stay the week in Washington, completing the PLC event first and then rolling right into NCBA’s schedule. CLICK HERE to complete the separate registration for NCBA Leg Con.