Date: 12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Title: Cattle producers invited to 2016 Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit

Cattle producers invited to 2016 Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit


AMES - Cattle producers and friends of the industry are invited to attend the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit and Political Action Committee (PAC) fundraiser on December 9 and 10. The events will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. Interested attendees may register online at or call 515-296-2266.


Cattlemen’s Night Out PAC Fundraiser

The Cattlemen’s Night Out PAC fundraiser on Friday, December 9 at 5:30 will feature a New York Strip Steak dinner and update on federal agriculture policy from Jacqui Fatka, Iowa native and policy editor for Feedstuffs and Farm Futures. Fatka will provide valuable insight on environmental regulations including WOTUS, international trade agreements and immigration. Tickets for the dinner are $50 and proceeds will go towards candidates who support agriculture.


Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit

Saturday, December 10 from 8:30 to 5:00 will be the inaugural Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit. This free event is similar to past Iowa Cattle Industry Conventions. A complimentary lunch will be served, featuring the 2016 Iowa’s Best Burger from the Chuckwagon Restaurant in Adair.


Alan Feirer, Group Dynamic, will be the keynote speaker, focusing on communication and collaboration strategies. Breakout sessions will build upon that theme and include ways county cattlemen’s organizations can work more closely with the state organization. There will also be a breakout session devoted to social media and advocating for agriculture.


The day will also include the annual meeting of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the beef checkoff.


Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Policy Meetings

Throughout the day, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will hold their policy committee meetings and annual meeting. These meetings are open to any members of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and will determine the priorities for the association for 2017.


Anticipated policy topics include the Conservation Reserve Program, market volatility, 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. Members who would like to provide their input should plan to attend.


“State of the Cattle Industry” Panel

A “State of the Industry” panel in the afternoon will dissect the current challenges Iowa’s cattle industry is facing and provide an outlook into the future. Dr. Phil Reemtsma, current ICA president and veterinarian from DeWitt, will join Cassie Fish, market analyst, and John Hinners from the US Meat Export Federation in the panel discussion.


Cattle Industry Awards

Cattlemen and women from across the state will be honored with a variety of awards throughout the day. Award winners include:

-Iowa Commercial Producer of the Year: Lyle and Linda Kenobbie, Greenville

-Hall of Fame: Kent Pruismann, Rock Valley

-Environmental Stewardship Award: AJ & Kellie Blair, Dayton

-Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Feedyard Award - Rock River Feeders, Kent Prusimann, Rock Valley

-Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Cow-Calf Award - Mosher Angus Farms, Liscomb

-Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Educator Award - Dr. Beth Doran, Orange City

-Retiring Iowa Cattlemen’s Directors

-Richard Nelson, Emmetsburg

-Tom Hiler, Rockwell City

-David Rueber, Luxembourg

-Brian Wilson, Monroe

-Ed Lehman, Summit Livestock

-Ed Greiman, Garner


President-elect Mike Cline, Elgin, will be sworn in as the new Iowa Cattlemen’s Association president. Allamakee, Black Hawk, Howard, Sioux & Union County Cattlemen’s Associations will be honored for their membership recruitment efforts.


For more information or to register, visit or call 515-296-2266.


About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”