The month of May has been proclaimed as Beef Month in Iowa by Gov. Terry Branstad at an official signing ceremony in his office in late April. The governor noted the economic impact the beef cattle industry has on Iowa. Farmers in the state raise nearly 4 million beef cattle, and the products and services they use on their farms in cattle production provides jobs for thousands of Iowans.
Beef is a nutrient-rich food served in thousands of restaurants, food service facilities, and schools in the state. And, of course, it is found on the dining room tables of most Iowa homes, as well.
The Governor's proclamation reads:
WHEREAS, Iowa is a major beef producing state with nearly 3.70 million head of cattle on January 1, 2014; and
WHEREAS, the beef industry contributes greatly to our economy by generating in excess of $5.5 billion annually, and creating jobs for nearly 40,000 Iowans; and
WHEREAS, today's beef is a naturally nutrient-rich food providing protein, iron, zinc and B-vitamins; and
WHEREAS, beef producers are the original environmentalists working to conserve the soil and making optimum use of natural resources; and
WHEREAS, Iowa is a leader in the export of value-added agriculture products, shipping high-quality Iowa beef to other countries around the world; and
WHEREAS, there is an ever-increasing need for better understanding of the benefits that the beef industry provides to all Iowans;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2014 as Beef Month in Iowa, and urge all citizens to appreciate the contributions the beef industry continues to provide to our state.
About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen's Association represents about 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."