Iowa Cattle Leadership Summit to examine state of the industry

Iowa Cattle Leadership Summit to examine state of the industry

Free event for cattle producers Dec. 10 at ISU in Ames will discuss current challenges facing their industry.

In addition to continuing education for cattle producers and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association policy committee meetings, the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit will also feature a State of the Industry panel discussion. This event will be held December 10 at the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center in Ames and is free for all Iowa cattlemen and women.

PLAN TO ATTEND: Cattle producers can weigh in on 2017 policies at the inaugural Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit Dec. 10 in Ames. Iowa producers and friends of the industry have a chance to exert influence on issues that matter to them.

Dr. Phil Reemtsma, current ICA president and a veterinarian from DeWitt in eastern Iowa, will join a representative from the United States Meat Export Federation and a well-known cattle market analyst on stage to dissect the current challenges the cattle industry in Iowa is facing. Those challenges include increased competition from larger producers out of state and the record drop in cattle prices seen recently.

Looking at important issues the beef cattle industry is facing
The panel discussion will also provide an outlook into the future of Iowa’s cattle industry and the role that the cattle markets and international trade will play in the coming months and years. 

Cassie Fish, a former CME trader and IBP, Inc./Tyson Fresh Meats senior director of risk management, currently operates her own risk management consulting and brokerage business. Fish also writes a daily market analysis blog called “The Beef.” As a member of the panel discussion, she will use her vast knowledge of the cattle and futures markets to provide a perspective on the factors that have influenced the industry in the recent past and those that will play a large part in the future.

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is a trade association in the meat and livestock industry, representing beef/veal producers and feeders, as well as other sectors of the red meat industry. USMEF works to put “U.S. meat on the world’s table” and its representative at the December 10 meeting will give Iowa cattle producers an idea of what to expect in the export markets in the coming months and years.

If you want to attend this summit, please RSVP by November 29
The ICA and Iowa Beef Industry Council’s annual meetings will also take place at this year’s Leadership Summit, and Iowa cattle producers and friends of the industry are invited to attend both of those meetings, as well.

The Leadership Summit is a free event for cattlemen and women and will be held at the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center in Ames. A complimentary lunch will be served, featuring the 2016 Iowa’s Best Burger from the Chuckwagon Restaurant in Adair. Attendees should RSVP by November 29 online at or by calling 515-296-2266.

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”

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