GOVERNMENT AND POLICY

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association's mission is to grow Iowa's beef business through advocacy, leadership and education. Influencing legislative and regulatory topics affecting cattle producers is a top priority. Read on for more information about ICA's policies and priorities, and contact the association any time you have a policy question or concern.

Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Cattlemen's Association

Policy Priorities

ICA's policy priorities are determined by our members and vary depending on current and proposed legislation.

Scroll down to see the current policy priorities.

Policy Development

ICA's policies are created by members, for members through a series of meetings and surveys annually.
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Policy Handbook

ICA policies provide the framework for ICA leaders and staff to enforce, improve or change legislation and programming to support Iowa's cattle producers.

Click here to download the policy handbook.

ICA Fact Sheets

Fact sheets are brief, easy-to-read documents focusing on specific topics such as Iowa's Fence Law, Green/Gold Tag Preconditioning Programs, and Environmental Regulations.
Click here for a full list of ICA Fact Sheets.

ICA Political Action Committee

ICA's PAC supports candidates who value beef cattle production in Iowa and support our issues.

Click here to learn about our PAC fundraisers.

Policy Staff

Cora Fox is ICA's Director of Government Relations. She works closely with members to surface policy issues and gather input. She also works with ICA's contract lobbyist and attorney to influence policy topics on behalf of our members.

Click here to contact Cora.

Legislative priorities

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association priorities are set by members and leaders at the annual Leadership Summit. Priorities are based on current and pending legislation and regulatory concerns.

A full listing of ICA policies can be found in the ICA Policy Book.

2021 Policy Priorities

(Updated 2/25/21)

Cattle Marketing

ICA is committed to improving price discovery and increasing market transparency for all producers across the beef belt. To advance these priorities, ICA will continue to:
  • Lead minimum cash trade legislative efforts at the federal level;
  • Work with USDA AMS to report next day cattle weights;
  • Advocate for the elimination of the CME discount on cattle delivered to Worthing, SD; and
  • Support opportunities to grow negotiated trade in all major cattle feeding regions.

Environmental Regulation

As the original stewards of the land, cattle producers have proven their dedication to protecting and preserving our natural resources. ICA affirms this longstanding commitment, and will continue to:
  • Actively engage with the NRCS State Technical Committee, IDNR Environmental Protection Commission, and EPA;
  • Encourage use of voluntary, evidence-based conservation practices to enhance soil health, reduce nutrient escape, and improve water quality;
  • Promote the value of incorporating managed livestock grazing on more acres throughout the state; and
  • Combat burdensome overreach at the local, state, and federal levels with regard to regulating livestock barns, changes to the Master Matrix, and county-specific ordinances.

Regulatory Action

Transportation
  • Livestock haulers are an integral part of the beef supply chain. Current federal law ignores the need for timely and safe livestock hauling. ICA will continue to work with partners to provide a permanent legislative fix to Hours of Service rules. In addition, ICA supports Electronic Logging Device exemptions for livestock haulers.
  • Interstate highway weight limits remain an issue for livestock haulers traveling through Iowa. We will look for opportunities to ease regulatory burden and provide flexibility to livestock haulers.
Land and Water Stewardship

  • ICA will continue to work with agencies to develop and/or maintain water quality solutions that do not impose onerous mandates on cattle producers and the agricultural community. 
  • ICA opposes the repeal and replacement of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) with any iteration of the heavy-handed 2015 WOTUS regulation.

Animal Disease Traceability

  • ICA recognizes the importance of a robust animal disease traceability system. We believe the primary purpose of an animal disease traceability system is to allow state and federal animal health officials, and the cattle industry as a whole, to efficiently and effectively respond to an animal disease outbreak in a timely manner. However, USDA APHIS has been unable to provide certainty surrounding data management, confidentiality, and cost for the cattle industry. 
  • ICA opposes the USDA APHIS proposed timeline for implementation by January 1, 2023.
  • ICA encourages voluntary traceability efforts through IDALS and U.S. CattleTrace.
Tax Policy

  • Agriculture is a key economic driver in Iowa’s economy. The beef cattle industry alone generates more than $6 billion in economic output for the state. We know firsthand how capital intensive agriculture, specifically raising cattle, can be. We also know that many cattle producers care about sharing their farm legacy with the next generation. 
  • ICA supports efforts to reduce capital gains taxes on farmland and livestock, and encourages the full repeal of the estate tax. ICA opposes any proposals to increase the gift or estate tax liability of farmers and ranchers or eliminate stepped-up basis.
  • ICA supports opportunities to assist the next generation of cattle producers, to include the use of tax credits.

Other Priorities:

  • Advocating for producer relief to aid in recovery from extreme market disruptions;
  • Upholding Iowa’s Fence Law; and
  • Supporting efforts to expand international markets for beef and beef products.