ICA's Policy Development Process

ICA is a grassroots policy organization, meaning policy is developed by members for members. Policy, through written directives or resolutions, provides input to staff and leadership when working on regulatory topics. Policies are ratified by the general membership at the annual meeting.

Policy Handbook

ICA's full list of policies are published annual in the ICA Policy Handbook. Contact ICA's Director of Government Relations, Cora Fox, with questions.

Policy Development Timeline

    • June - Listening sessions at BeefMeets
    • July - Committee Day and Board Meeting (Interim policy developed)
    • September - Policy Survey
    • December - Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting

Cow/Calf & Feedlot Councils

The Cow/Calf and Feedlot Councils focus on evaluating input from members and prioritizing topics. If needed, Cow/Calf and Feedlot Council members will provide additional input on the issues surfaced, or make recommendations for further analysis. The Cow/Calf and Feedlot Councils are appointed by the president.


Cow-Calf Council Chair: Doug Schroeder, Clarence

Feedlot Council Chair: Dustin Puhrmann, Paullina

Policy Committees

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association policy committees are open to all ICA members. All regular (any person, family, firm, association, corporation, or partnership engaged in cattle production in Iowa) ICA members have the right to vote on policy issues. The three ICA policy committees are Beef Products Committee, Business Issues Committee, and Cattle Production Committee.

Policy Committee Chairs

  • Beef Products Committee: Tom Hiler, Rockwell City
  • Business Issues Committee: Mark Putney, Elgin
  • Cattle Production Committee: Mike Schwarck, Riceville

Policy Committee Agenda

  • Draft policy language
  • Review expiring resolutions and directives
  • Make recommendations on expiring resolutions and directives
  • Make recommendations to board on interim policy (if any)


Iowa's Congressional Delegation

Rep. Abby Finkenauer

124 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202.225.2911

Rep. Dave Loebsack

1211 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202.225.6576
Fax: 202.226.0757

Iowa Offices:
Davenport:  563.323.5988

Iowa City: 319.351.0789

Rep. Cindy Axne

330 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202.225.5476

Rep. Steve King

2210 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202.225.4426
Fax: 202.225.3193

Iowa Offices:
Ames: 515.232.2885
Fort Dodge: 515.573.2738
Mason City: 641.201.1624
Sioux City: 712.224.4692
Spencer: 712.580.7754

Senator Charles Grassley

135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202.224.3744
Fax: 202.224.6020

Iowa Offices:
Cedar Rapids: 319.363.6832
Council Bluffs: 712.322.7103
Davenport: 563.322.433
Des Moines: 515.288.1145
Sioux City: 712.233.1860
Waterloo: 319.232.6657

Senator Joni Ernst

111 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202.224.3254
Fax: 202.224.9369

Iowa Offices:
Cedar Rapids: 319.365.4505
Davenport: 563.332.0677
Des Moines: 515.284.4574
Sioux City: 712.252.1550