New Date, Location for ICA Annual Meeting

New Date, Location for ICA Annual Meeting

The 2011 Iowa Cattlemen's Association annual convention is set for a new date and location to recognize the 40-year anniversary of the Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference. It's Feb. 25-26 at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa.

The 2011 Iowa Cattlemen's Association Annual Convention is being held at a new date and location to recognize the 40-year anniversary of the Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference. The meeting will be held Feb. 25-26, 2011 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, in southeast Iowa.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to show our support for the 40th anniversary of the Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference," says ICA president Kent Pruismann, a cattle feeder from Rock Valley in northwest Iowa. "The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference for many years has specifically focused on providing an educational event for one segment of our membership, and this 40th anniversary is a great opportunity for us to say thank you."

ICA will hold its policy committee meetings to establish policy and elect leaders during the annual conference. Other highlights of the two-day meeting include keynote speakers, educational sessions, a large trade show, awards dinner and the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation auction.

Good lineup of interesting topics and speakers will be featured

Attendees will hear three keynote speakers, including Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen's Association. Also on the program will be Mark Pearson, host of the public television program "Market to Market." And Ron Plain, a well-known livestock economist from the University of Missouri will also headline the speaking program.

Woodall will focus on the impact the recent 2010 general elections, and the effects those changes in Congress are having on cattle and livestock producers. He'll also report on key issues being discussed in Washington, D.C. important to cattle producers. Pearson will discuss the dollars and cents impacts of those issues, and Plain will give a beef industry outlook.

Early registration for the meeting is now through Feb. 9, and the cost is $115. After that date, the cost is $150. Registration information is at http://iacattlemen.org/.

2011 ICA Annual Convention Schedule:

Fri., Feb. 25

8 a.m. Registration and Trade Show open

8:30-9:30 a.m. ICA Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program meeting

8:30-9:30 a.m. Production Efficiency Committee meeting

10-11:30 a.m. Opening General Session, Keynote: Colin Woodall, NCBA

12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. ICA luncheon and program

2-4 p.m. ICA Policy Committee meetings

4:10 p.m. Tours begin to leave for John Deere

5 p.m. Trade show reception

6:30 p.m. ICA Awards Dinner, followed by Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation annual auction

Sat., Feb. 26

7:30 a.m. Registration and Trade Show opens      

8:45-10 a.m. Opening General Session, Keynote: Mark Pearson, 'Market-to Market' host

10 a.m. Iowa Cattlemen's Association Annual Meeting; Iowa Beef Council's Annual Meeting

12 p.m. Lunch

1-1:25 p.m. General Session; Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference 40th Anniversary Celebration

1:30-2:10 p.m. General Session; Beef Industry Outlook, Dr. Ron Plain, Univ. of Missouri

2:15-3 p.m. Breakout Session #1, (Five concurrent sessions)

Topics:

Hay Storage Options*

Miles Keaton

Mike Mefford, John Deere Ottumwa Works

Hot Cow-Calf Health Topics:

Panel discussion:

Dr. Gene Hoy-Richland, IA

Dr. Grant Dewell-ISU

Dr. Vicki Cooper-ISU

Dr. Terry Engleken-ISU

Cow-Calf Cost Control*

Dave Lubben, Monticello, IA producer

Addressing Cow-Calf Challenges*

Jeff Ryan, Cresco, IA producer

Working Together—Unifying Cattle Producers*

Panel discussion:

Tim Kaldenberg-Albia, IA

Colin Woodall-NCBA

Bill Couser-Nevada, IA

3 p.m. Trade Show closes

3:05-3:50 p.m. Breakout Session #2,    (Repeat five breakout sessions)

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The ICA represents 9,600 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa's beef industry. ICA's mission is to provide its members the opportunity to enhance and further develop the beef industry in the state and the nation.

 

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