Out of an abundance of caution we have decided to transition our in person BeefMeets into a virtual format this year. The BeefMeets events capture advocacy, leadership and education and grassroots input all into one event. Although we are doing things a little differently the mission of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association is still very much present.
Policy Development: In place of the district breakout sessions we went virtual and hosted three Policy Huddle teleconferences related to the three committees: Beef Products, Business Issues and Cattle Production. If you have questions on what was discussed during those calls please, contact our Director of Government Relations, Cora
Education: We hosted a series of three webinars throughout the month of June. You can review them below. We will also be hosting free in person farm tours in late August!
Farm Tour Dates:
- August 25 | 5:00 p.m. - SFI, Inc. - Nemaha, IA
- August 26 | 5:00 p.m. - Alan & Sara Mohr's - Marengo, IA
- August 27 | 5:00 p.m. - Steve & Marty Schwers - New Vienna, IA
If you have any questions please, contact our events coordinator, Kate.
Despite the current situation we are facing the Iowa Cattlemen's Association is dedicated to get back out on the road with face to face events in the safest manner as possible! We're excited to host three farm tours events at the end of the month across the state.
Each event will take place outside or in a machine shed, social distancing will be highly encouraged. Face masks are not required but there will plenty available for those who wish to wear them.
Here's what you can expect at each event
- 5:00 - Registration/ Meal
- 5:15 - Welcome & brief ICA policy update
- 5:45 - Iowa Beef Checkoff Update
- 6:00 - Tradeshow break
- 6:15 - Nuisance Cases & Legal Battles Facing the Livestock Industry - Eldon McAfee, ICA's Legal Counsel
- 6:45 - Farm Tour
August 25| 5:00 PM
SFI, Inc. 2681 190th St. Nemaha, IA
A collaborative conservation effort between a Cow-Calf, Feedlot and Row Crop Operation in Nemaha, IA. Located on the Raccoon River Shed Lynn and Seth Smith will take producers on a tour to show how they utilize manure, save fuel through reduced tillage, utilize cover crops and other projects to help lower input costs and increase profit margins.
August 26| 5:00 PM
Mohr Cattle Co.
2119 G Ave. Marengo, IA
Alan and Sara Mohr will give insight to producers into the efficiency, environmental and cattle health benefits that come from feeding cattle in a monoslope cattle barn.
August 27 | 5:00 PM
Steve & Marty Schwers
31662 Hwy 3, New Vienna, IA
The fourth generation farmer brothers will show attendees their slatted, monoslope cattle barn and how they use the modern style structure and technology to enhance animal care, maximize profitability and provide protection to the environment.
BeefMeets Policy HuddlesAs ICA staff, it is our job to ensure that the voices of our members are heard. Most of you are likely familiar with our annual BeefMeets, where producers from across the state come together to learn, engage, and inform. Due to COVID-19, our board and staff had to adapt and overcome unprecedented challenges to ensure similar opportunities would be provided to our membership. In the month of June, we hosted three webinars focused on important and timely issues related to the beef cattle industry.
If you missed these live webinars, you can view them below. In preparation for our annual Policy Committee Day on July 21, and the NCBA Summer Business Meeting, we are hosting three teleconferences focused on issues connected to our three committees: Beef Products, Business Issues, and Cattle Production.
These teleconferences will start with a brief focus topic discussion led by ICA member leaders and staff, and will follow with an open forum to welcome grassroots feedback and input from current paid members. This is an intentional and more formal piece of our policy development process, which will help inform and guide decisions made between now and the 2020 Leadership Summit in December.
Listen to panelists Corbitt Wall, Brad Kooima and Jordan Levi debate it our regarding price discovery, transparency, producer leverage and possible solutions in the fed cattle market.
- Corbitt Wall, DV Auction Livestock Market Analyst
- Brad Kooima, ICA Feedlot Council Member from Rock Valley, IA
- Jordan Levi, NCBA Cattle Market Working Group Member
Interested in selling beef locally in your community? This webinar will provide the do's and don't from the perspective of a family who currently markets beef locally, the expert on rules and regulations from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and how the Iowa Beef Checkoff is helping to connect local beef suppliers with their Iowa Local Beef Directory.
- Jason & Kaitlyn Boyer, Cattle Producer from Weldon, IA
- Janis Hochstetler, HACCP & Labeling Coordinator, Iowa Dept. of Ag.
- Dr. Terry Houser, ISU Extension Meat Specialist
- Iowa Beef Industry Council - funded by the Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program
Advocacy, Leadership and Education is what ICA strives for and there’s no better way to see those qualities in action than to attend an ICA Event!