ICA Fact Sheets

Feeder Cattle Index - June 2016

The Feeder Cattle Index is used to determine prices for feeder cattle, but relies heavily on prices reported from southern states. This fact sheet explains the feeder cattle index and ways to make it more representative of Iowa cattle prices.

Foreign Animal Disease November 2015

Foreign animal diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease have the potential to wreak havoc on Iowa's cattle producers. This fact sheet gives you practical guidelines to prepare for such an emergency on your farm.

CRP-Grasslands September 2015

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is very supportive of the proposed changes to the CRP program, specifically those affiliated with the CRP-Grasslands program. This program in effect, mimics a working lands program that keeps acres in production while generating economic activity in rural Iowa communities.

Feeder Cattle Contracts - September 2015

When buying and selling feeder calves producers may unknowingly expose themselves to legal liability or other issues. Negotiated agreements should be in writing to lock in the terms of the transaction and protecting both the buyer and the seller. 

Checklist to Prepare for an EPA Inspection - October 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) inspect and investigate complaints about livestock farms and respond to emergency spill situations. Because these situations usually occur with little or no notice to the farmer, it is important to be prepared for inspection at any time. 

Funding for Iowa's Rural Roads and Bridges- October 2014
There are many misconceptions on the funding of Iowa's infrastructure. This fact sheet was designed to ensure you have the tools and resources to make educated decisions on the future of funding for Iowa's roadway system.

Livestock Indemnity and Livestock Forage Disaster Programs - updated May 2015
With the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, federal financial support to livestock producers that suffered losses due to adverse weather conditions was restored. This fact sheet details the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Disaster Programs.

Trichomoniasis - February 2014
In 2012, the Iowa Veterinarian Medical Association conducted a Trichomoniasis survey, and found six bulls that tested positive for Trichomoniasis foetus. This prompted the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association to work with stakeholders to develop testing protocols for the disease.

FDA Antibiotic Guidance - January 2014
The new guidance, applied only to products approved for use in feed and water, provides two recommended principles to limit medically important antimicrobial drug use in animals.

Property Tax Adjustment - August 2013
In June of 2013 the Administrative Rules committee passed a new ruling that requires county assessors to adjust non-cropland in distributing agricultural productivity valuation to each parcel..

Understanding the Iowa Fence Law  - June 2013
Issues often arise between land owners regarding partition fence and the responsibilities to erect, maintain and repair fence. This fact sheet helps understand your responsibilities.

Trespassing  - June 2013
Iowa landowners should be aware of the state laws that encompass trespass. As a livestock owner, you should know the legal procedures that should be followed when a valid trespass occurs on your land - whether human, livestock or another animal.

Reporting a Manure Discharge - June 2013
Manure spills are often costly for livestock producers and can be detrimental to the environment. According to Iowa law, any manure release should be reported to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). 

Parameters for Implements of Husbandry - April 2013
There are some basic rules about defining and using farm equipment. This fact sheet lays out some of the basics.

Animal Disease Traceability Ruling for Livestock Moving Interstate - April 2013
New rules that establish official nationwide identification and documentation took effect March 11, 2013. This fact sheet outlines what you must do for interstate shipment of cattle

MAP21 - Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century - April 2013
Certain commercial motor vehicles operating as "covered farm vehicles" are exempt form certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. This fact sheet explains what the state laws require.

Any questions about these Fact Sheets should be directed to Justine Stevenson, ICA Director of Government Relations and Public Policy.