Date: 5/9/2017 12:00:00 AM

Title: Cattle Producers Invited to give Input on Industry Issues at 2nd Annual BeefMeets

Iowa cattle producers have an opportunity to weigh in on beef industry topics of concern at this year’s regional BeefMeets in June. In addition to several educational sessions, a full tradeshow and opportunities for networking, cattlemen will get a chance to share policy and industry issue concerns with ICA leaders. BeefMeets will be held June 13 in Dubuque, June 15 in Ottumwa, June 20 in Creston and June 22 in Le Mars.

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is a grassroots membership organization, with a dedication to “grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.” The organization, which includes nearly 10,000 members, uses feedback from cattle producers and those involved in the industry to protect and enhance Iowa’s beef business.

Time has been set aside at each BeefMeet for ICA districts to gather and provide input on cattle industry issues. “Our district breakouts will allow cattle producers to weigh in on topics that matter to their operations,” says ICA’s President Mike Cline. “As a grassroots organization, our policy is developed by members for members, and provides guidance for staff and leaders as we work on behalf of the industry.” All cattle industry stakeholders are invited to attend BeefMeets and learn more, but only current ICA members are allowed to participate in the policy development.

Policy discussions at this year’s BeefMeets are expected to affect every sector of the industry, from cow/calf producers to feedlot operators. Discussions will likely revolve around policies related to national animal identification and traceability, foreign trade, and regulation of transportation of cattle.

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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.”