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Iowa cattlemens’ first leadership summit set

By Staff | Nov 22, 2016

AMES – While the election may be over, Iowa cattle producers and friends of the industry still have a chance to exert influence on the issues that matter to them.

As part of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s mission to grow Iowa’s beef business through leadership, advocacy and education, ICA will host the inaugural Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit, fromm 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hanson Ag Student Learning Center, 2508 Mortenson Road, in Ames.

The summit will have sessions devoted to leadership development for cattle producers and ICA county cattlemen’s associations. The day will also feature policy committee meetings and the ICA annual meeting.

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has three policy committees beef products, business issues and cattle production.

The committee meetings are open to any ICA members, and will generate policy related to important topics in the cattle industry.

These policies drive the efforts of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and are used by staff and leaders in discussions with local and national elected officials and regulatory agencies.

Policy discussions this year are expected to revolve around live cattle futures trading, market volatility, price discovery, the Conservation Reserve Program, foreign animal disease preparedness, protecting Iowa’s fence law, the green and gold tag preconditioning programs, and specific uses for the new state beef checkoff, if the referendum passes.

At the end of the day, ICA members will have a chance to ratify the policy developed in the committee meetings at the ICA annual meeting.

The day will also include the Iowa Beef Industry Council annual meeting and a complimentary lunch will be featuring the 2016 Iowa’s Best Burger, catered from the Chuckwagon Restaurant, in Adair.

There is no cost to attend the summit, but RSVPs are requested by Nov.29 by calling (515) 296-2266.

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