Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will set priorities

Dec 2, 2011
by WLJ

Members of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) will hold policy committee meetings and adopt proposed policies during its convention and annual meeting Dec. 12- 14 at The Meadows Conference & Event Center in Altoona.

ICA has three standing committees that develop and review policy proposals: Beef Product, Business Issues, and Cattle Production. Each committee will meet 2-4 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 science and technology.

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 Conservation Reserve Program, 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 CEO, Matt Deppe. These can be provided via email (Matt@; phone, 515-296- 2266; or by postal mail, (2055 Ironwood Ct, Ames, IA 50014). — WLJ