May Beef Month: Recognizing the importance of beef production in Iowa

| April 29, 2022

Contact: Anna Hastert, Director of Communications, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, 515-296-2266

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association thanks Gov. Kim Reynolds for proclaiming May as “Beef Month” in Iowa. Each year, roughly 20,000 beef cattle operations generate more than $7 billion of economic activity in the state. 

During “Beef Month,” the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association invites producers and consumers across the state to join our efforts in sharing how Iowa cattlemen feed a growing population, while stewarding the land, water and natural resources. Gov. Reynolds signed the “May Beef Month” proclamation, which reads: 

WHEREAS, Iowa is a major beef producing state with more than 3.85 million head of cattle and calves as of January 1, 2022; and 

WHEREAS, the beef cattle industry generates more than $7.32 billion of economic activity in the state; and 

WHEREAS, today’s beef is a naturally nutrient-rich food providing protein, iron, zinc, and B-vitamins with more than 30 beef cuts that meet the government’s definition for “lean”; and 

WHEREAS, cattle producers are the original stewards of the land, working to improve productivity by conserving and making optimum use of natural resources; and 

WHEREAS, Iowa is a leader in the export of value-added agriculture products, shipping high-quality Iowa beef to other countries around the world; and 

WHEREAS, there is an ever-increasing need for better understanding of the benefits that the beef cattle industry provides to all Iowans: 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2022 as 


in Iowa, and urge all citizens to appreciate the contributions the beef cattle industry continues to provide to our state.

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 8,000 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.”