Iowa Cattlemen To Set Policy Priorities

Iowa Cattlemen To Set Policy Priorities

Iowa Cattlemen's Association members will formulate policy on various issues important to the beef industry at ICA's convention and annual meeting Dec. 12-14 at Altoona.

Members of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association will hold policy committee meetings and either reject or adopt proposed policies on various issues of importance to the beef cattle industry during ICA's convention and annual meeting, Dec. 12-14, at The Meadows Conference & Event Center in Altoona, on the east edge of Des Moines.

ICA has three standing committees that develop and review policy proposals:  Beef Product, Business Issues, and Cattle Production. Each committee will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13 to review expiring policy and discuss proposed resolutions.

ICA members can select which committee meeting they'd like to participate in. The Beef Product Committee covers issues relative to beef safety, global marketing and information on nutrition and health. The Business Issues Committee discusses agricultural policy, public/private land and environmental management, and tax and finance issues. The Cattle Production Committee reviews cattle marketing, animal health and well-being, and also science and technology issues.

Number of important issues to be debated and discussed by cattlemen

Policy committee chairmen are ICA producer members who are knowledgeable about the various issues and have a strong desire to improve the cattle industry in Iowa. Committee chairmen are: Mike Cline, Elgin – Beef Product Committee; Bill Couser, Nevada – Business Issues Committee; and Tom Bonnichsen, Letts – Cattle Production Committee.

On Dec. 14, all ICA members are invited to attend the association's annual meeting where the policy actions by each committee will be introduced and offered for amendment, adoption or rejection. Policy proposals can also be made from the floor. Adopted policies will become ICA policy.

Issues for discussion that members have brought up in district meetings this fall include Iowa's fencing law, the flexibility of the USDA's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and property tax adjustments on pasture land.

If ICA members cannot be present for the policy discussions on Dec.13-14, they are invited to provide input about specific issues that should be discussed. Policy suggestions and ideas can be sent to ICA's chief executive officer Matt Deppe at ICA headquarters in Ames. These can be provided via email ([email protected]); phone, 515-296-2266; or by postal mail, (2055 Ironwood Ct, Ames, IA 50014).

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association:  The Iowa Cattlemen's Association represents about 9,500 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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