ICA membership at highest level since 2007
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) saw another year of growth during its 2012 membership drive. As of July 1, ICA had 9,592 members, its highest number since 2007, and 114 more members than the year before.
ICA President Ross Havens, Wiota, attributed this year’s successful membership drive to the organization’s increasing ability to deliver on its mission to ‘Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.’ “In the past 12 months we have put together a staff to address our three core areas,” Havens said. “On the advocacy side, we’ve been out talking with government officials about the fence law and equitable property tax application to pasture land. We just hired a director of government relations and public policy, and on July 10, we’ll return to holding a summer conference for member input on developing public policy and resources.”
In the leadership area, Havens pointed to the growth of the organization’s Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP). “We have twice the numbers we had in 2011, and our YCLP class is engaged in planning events that will give them leadership experience,” Havens said.
ICA worked with a variety of partners this year to provide education to members.
Havens said, “We’ve had everything from heifer development meetings held in 10 locations around the state, to events that provided education on monoslopes buildings and genetic selection for improvement of the Iowa beef cattle herd.”
“Most importantly, though, ICA is growing because local members take the time to reach out to their fellow cattle producers and the businesses that support them to become part of our organization,” Havens said. “Achieving a successful membership year is not done by one person. I want to thank each member who showed their support of ICA efforts by paying their membership dues.”
There are 97 organized county cattlemen’s associations, and 58 of them met or exceeded their 2011 membership total. Three of four regions exceeded their membership totals for 2011 as well. Only the northeast region fell short, and just by nine memberships.
ICA welcomed more than 800 new members to the association. The southwest region had the greatest growth by number in this category, bringing in 280 new members. “In order to continue to be a vibrant organization, we need to bring in new members,” said Havens.
Cattle producers who would like to join ICA can contact Trent Wellman at the ICA office at 515-296- 2266 or 800-888-1730. — WLJ