ICA Fact Sheets

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 June 2014
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.

Cow-calf Tax - January 2014
In 1996, the Iowa legislature first enacted the cow/calf tax credit to reward cow/calf producers for maintaining hay and pasture acres to promote soil tilth, water quality, and bio-diversity. In 2009, the credit was repealed. ICA is working to re-instate the credit.

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.

Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Program - March 2013
This fact sheet will tell you whether you can prepare your own spill prevention plan, and what must be included in the plan.
Any questions about these Fact Sheets should be directed to Justine Stevenson, ICA Director of Government Relations and Public Policy.