Tom McDonnell takes the reins at the Idaho Cattle Association
The new executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) is Tom McDonnell. McDonnell became ICA’s chief operating officer on April 1, 2009, mov ing to Boise, ID, from Chugwater, WY, where he owned a purebred cow/calf operation and also served as a consultant to the American Sheep Industry Association, USDA, and several universities. Kent Mann, president of ICA, reported that Mc- Donnell was selected through a selection and interview process that was completed at the Jan. 9 meeting of the ICA Board of Directors. He replaces Darl Gleed, who has been serving as the interim executive vice president since September 2008. McDonnell comes to the Idaho cattle industry with extensive experience in livestock association work.
He served as the director of Market Information and director of Natural Resources and Policies for the American Sheep Industry Association for 18 years.
He also has been deeply involved in the endangered species act, clean water, private property rights, public lands and natural resource issues, often being involved with Idaho
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“I’ve always enjoyed being in Idaho,” McDonnell said, “I have many friends and fellow association workers in the Treasure Valley area. It will be nice to get settled down in a new home and get to work. Growing our membership and getting to know our members and leaders will be my early priorities.” — WLJ