Idaho Cattle Association members elect officers, set policy

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Dec 2, 2008
Idaho Cattle Association members elect officers, set policy

Kent Mann, a Parma, ID, cattle feeder was selected as the new president of Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) during the association’s annual convention, business meeting, and trade show held Nov. 17-19 at the Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, ID. Mann has been active in ICA for 20 years. He has served as president-elect, vice president, and as a member of the Board of Directors.

His Parma feeding operation handles 10,000 head of cattle per year. He succeeds Jennifer Ellis of Blackfoot, ID, who provided significant leadership in the area of environmental challenges, public lands utilization, and ICA office operations and funding during her tenure as president.

Other officers elected were Carl Ellsworth, Leadore, ID, president-elect, and Charles Lyons, Mountain Home, ID, vice president. New Board of Directors elected were Susan Goodrich, Rathdrum, ID; Aron Bennett, Grandview, ID; Jay Faulkner, Gooding, ID; Scott Kesl, Salmon, ID; and Ron Eliason, Holbrook, ID. Also newly elected to the Board of Directors were Bruce Mulkey, Salmon, ID, representing the cow/calf industry; John Bryan, Gooding, ID, representing the purebred industry; Matt Jones, Eden, ID, representing the allied industry as directorat-large; Zac Skaar, Lewisville, ID; and as cattlewomen board representative, Lyndella Bauchman, Challis, ID. Board members elected to serve a second term were Deb Lord, Boise, ID, Cattlewomen Council; Nate Gilliam, Parma, ID, feeder industry; and Aaron Canart, Boise, ID, as an at-large board member. Carry over board members by district were, Northern Idaho, Pete Wittman, Lapwai, ID, and Leon Slichter, Grangeville, ID; Central Idaho, Paul Miller, Boise, and Russell Mink, Cambridge, ID; Southwest/Southern Idaho, Dave Rollheiser, Rupert, ID, and Jared Brackett, Rogerson, ID; Southeast Idaho, Russell Boyer, Stone, ID, and Jared Simpson, Malad, ID; Eastern Idaho, Richard Savage, Hamer, ID, and Matt Thompson, Shelly, ID. Over 250 cattle producers attended the event as ICA members set policy for the coming year. Keynote speakers included Celia Gould, Idaho State Department of Agriculture director, Andy Groseta, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president, Idaho’s Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, state and federal agency leaders and more. Topics covered included COOL, state lands grazing issues, Beef Checkoff, wolves, sagegrouse, defending our industry against extremists, looking ahead at our political future, and a wide variety of other issues impacting Idaho’s cattlemen.

One of the key issues discussed and approved by the gathering of Idaho ranchers was the Beef Checkoff. New policy regarding the topic supports an additional $1 per head assessment to the Idaho Beef Checkoff, creating a $2 per head checkoff assessment. The policy allows for a $1 per head refund while requiring that governance and fiscal authority of the increased assessment be governed in-state by the Idaho Beef Council.

Other new policy established included:

 Animal Rights Legislation: States strong opposition to a draft Humane Society animal rights bill while giving the ICA Board discretionary authority to review and form a position on other animal abuse legislation that may be introduced.

Idaho Livestock Assessment: Allows for the exploration and development of an assessment fund that would enable the livestock industry to defend itself against litigation and to promote our image as responsible stewards of the land and resources.

Charitable Endowment Program: Establishes a Charitable Endowment Program to help ICA generate funds for a sustaining existence of our association.

State Funding for Sage- Grouse: Seeks for state funding to help accomplish sage-grouse conservation projects and to establish a statewide Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances.

Increase in Animal Damage Control Assessment: Supports an increase of 1 cent per head, from 4 cents per head to 5 cents per head, of the assessment for the Animal Damage Control Program.

ICA represents over 1,000 beef producers and allied industry representatives throughout Idaho. It is the official voice for all segments of the bbeef industry in the state. TThrough ICA, cattle- men an and women work to create a positive business environ environment while provid- ing con consumers with a safe and wholesome product. ICA prides itself in being a member-directed organization where activity in the local and district levels sets direction for state policy decision.

Members of the Board of Directors provide a crucial role in the operation and success of the association. Today, ICA serves as a beacon of industry and innovation.

It has marshaled the strengths of each segment in the arena of beef production for the benefit of the local producer and consumer. ICA has led out in such areas as nutrition and health, herd management, rangeland management, reproductive science, marketing, pasture health, feeder operation and more. It has joined the fight of ever encroaching environmental challenges and regulatory infringements.

In short, ICA has been a standard bearer for the cattle producing families of Idaho for over 25 years! A glorious milestone of grand tradition keeping the heritage of a western culture alive and thriving.

A strong and vibrant ICA will continue to give the ranching/feeding tradition, so cherished by cattle people everywhere, a bright promise for the future. — WLJ