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Episode 17 - July 30, 2020

NCBA Summer Business Meeting Policy, Governor's Charity Steer Show, and Drought Meetings

This episode features an interview with Matt Deppe following NCBA's summer business meeting, where he gives an in-depth overview of the cattle marketing policy discussions. He also shares ICA's "next steps". 

Tanner Lawton and Casey Allison share a new fundraising challenge for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa, and ISU extension beef specialists tell listeners about several upcoming meetings and webinars focused on drought conditions in western Iowa.


Episode 16 - July 17, 2020

Cattle Marketing, Performance Livestock Analytics, and Dr. Terry Houser from ISU's Meat Lab 

Matt Deppe talks about some forward movement on cattle marketing reform and 50/14, including discussions expected at the upcoming NCBA Summer Business Meeting.

Justin Sexten from Performance Livestock Analytics shares info on Cattle Krush (FREE for ICA members), Performance Beef, and the animal health update coming this fall.

Finally, we hear a segment of our recent webinar focused on selling beef locally. Dr. Terry Houser, Iowa State University Meat Lab, discusses carcass yield and pricing considerations. Watch the entire webinar here.


Episode 15 - July 10, 2020

50/14 in the House, Governor's Charity Steer Show, and Selling Beef Locally (The Harvest Barn) 

This week's episode features an update on the 50/14 cattle marketing initative. ICA's Director of Government Relations, Cora Fox, discusses Reps. Axne, Finkenauer and Loebsack's companion bill, and the next steps in cattle market reform. ICA's Tanner Lawton gives an Governor's Charity Steer Show update, and Kaitlyn and Jason give advice on selling beef locally. 

Links: 50/14 House Bill 

Governor's Charity Steer Show 

Harvest Barn Marketplace


Episode 14 - June 25, 2020

Beef Up Iowa and Mineral Management 

Secretary Mike Naig joins us again to talk about efforts to connect hungry Iowans with market-ready cattle through the Beef Up Iowa program. Click here to find out more. 

This episode also features Part 2 of Dr. Brandon Koch's webinar presentation on pasture management and mineral needs of cattle on pasture. 


Episode 13 - June 18, 2020

Fed Cattle Markets Webinar: Bid the Grid and 50/14 with Corbitt Wall, Jordan Levi and Brad Kooima

Transparency, price discovery and leverage. All three panelists agree on the problem, but they have different views on possible solutions. 

 This episode is a replay of a live webinar from June 17 focused on efforts to level the playing field and rectify the imbalance of price discovery across cattle feeding regions and operation sizes. Find out what the panelists think about government mandates, packer accountability, and how current proposals could affect the industry longer-term.


Episode 12 - June 11, 2020

Iowa State Fair, Pasture Management, and Packer Investigations

On this week's episode, Matt Deppe gives cattlemen an update on Packers and Stockyards and Department of Justice investigations into beef packers, Dr. Brandon Koch from Kent Feeds shares pasture management advice (including advice for fescue), and Iowa State Fair CEO Gary Slater talks to us about the "postponement" of this year's fair. 

Watch Dr. Koch's full presentation here. 

Register for next week's cattle market webinar with Corbitt Wall, Brad Kooima and Jordan Levi here.


Episode 11 - June 4, 2020

Cow-Calf Council Chair Bryan Reed and Market Reporting Service with Jeff Stolle

Get to know ICA's new Cow-Calf Council Chairman, Bryan Reed. Bryan shares his experience with cover crops and fence law and weighs in on the threats to the future of the cattle industry, including vertical integration and possible future lack of price discovery in feeder markets. 

Jeff Stolle from Nebraska Cattlemen gives a run-down of the subscription-only Market Reporting Service, used by 300 feedlots in the midwest. Click here for more info. 

Matt Deppe also gives a brief update on ICA's summer events.


Episode 10 - May 28, 2020

BeefMeets Update and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

Governor Reynolds celebrates May Beef Month and visits with us about her efforts to assist the cattle industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll also hear from ICA staff members Matt Deppe and Kate Fulk.

Episode 9 - May 21, 2020

CFAP, Brad Kooima, and Slaughter Backlog Numbers

Finally, the details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (direct payments for farmers) have been released, and ICA's Northwest Iowa Membership Coordinator, Tanner Lawton gives listeners the run-down. Dr. Lee Schulz, Iowa State University, reviews current slaughter numbers and weights, Brad Kooima talks to RFD-TV's Market Day Report, and Matt Deppe talks about upcoming ICA events. 

Episode 8 - May 14, 2020

50/14, ICA Board Meeting and Dustin Puhrmann

This episode of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association podcast is dedicated to Senator Chuck Grassley's bill aimed at increased transparency in the cattle markets. Hear the senator's remarks from the Senate floor, the ICA board's questions about the bill, and get to know ICA's Feedlot Council Chairman, Dustin Purhmann and the history of ICA's efforts to increase cash trade and leverage for producers.

Bonus Episode - May 12, 2020

Senator Grassley Introduces Cash Trade Legislation

Senator Chuck Grassley has been working closely with the Iowa Cattlemen's Association staff and leaders regarding the need for more negotiated cash trade in the fed cattle markets. Today, he introduced a bill mandating that a minimum of 50% of purchases by packers be negotiated and that cattle be delivered to the plant within 14 days.

Episode 7 - May 7, 2020

Beef Exports, Cold Storage and the Proposed "Set-Aside" Program

This episode of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association podcast includes an update from ICA CEO Matt Deppe on a proposed program designed to help producers through the current slaughter backlog, investigations into cattle market irregularities, and the response to ICA's 50/14 policy.  

John Hinners from the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) updates us on current beef export numbers and values, and listeners get to eavesdrop on ICA board members' questions about cold storage, boxed beef prices and retail prices.

Bonus Episodes - May 2, 2020

Iowa Beef Center Webinars

Holding or Slowing Cattle for Uncertain Market Timing 

  • Nutrition strategies overview -- Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center director  
  • Health concerns with heavy cattle in feedlots – Dan Thomson, ISU animal science department chair  
  • Nutritionist information – Dave Rueber, Innovative Ag Services, Manchester; Dustin Puhrmann, United Farmers Cooperative, Paulina 

Watch the recording here.

Click here for a corresponding fact sheet: Considerations for Slowing Feedlot Cattle Growth due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Managing Feedlot Rations without Ethanol Coproducts  


  • Considerations when using coproducts -- Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center director  
  • Nutritionist information – Dave Rueber, beef production specialist, Innovative Ag Services; Dustin Puhrmann, beef production specialist, United Farmers Cooperative  
  • Products and commodities available for substitution – Panelists  
  • Strategies currently in use – Panelists 

 Watch the recording here.

Episode 6 - April 30, 2020

50/14, Edgewood Locker, and selling beef direct to consumer


This week's episode highlights ICA's board decision to advocate for 50% negotiated cash trade, as well as President Trump's executive order keeping beef processing plants open.

Plus, we talk to Luke Kerns from the Edgewood Locker and the Iowa Department of Agriculture gives us a summary of regulations regarding direct-to-consumer sales of beef.

Search for inspected processors in Iowa here or view a summary of the regulations here.

Special thanks to Iowa Cattlemen's Association's Presidents Council for their support.

Episode 5 - April 22, 2020

30/14, Slaughter Challenges, and USDA’s Producer Assistance Program

Join us this week for information on efforts to increase cash trade in the fed cattle markets across the country, and how that challenge relates to the throughput issues in processing plants right now. 


Dr. Dan Thomson, the new chair of the Animal Science department at Iowa State University, talks about management concerns as the supply chain backs up, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig provides information about USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide direct payments to farmers affected by COVID-19.

Visit our COVID-19 landing page for many of the resources referenced in this week's podcast.

Special thanks to Iowa Cattlemen's Association's Presidents Council for their support.

Episode 4 - April 16, 2020

Short-term and Long-term Challenges in the Cattle Industry

In this episode of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association podcast, CEO Matt Deppe gives an update on ICA’s work, including short term assistance for producers, an investigation into the cattle markets, and efforts to increase negotiated trade across all regions of the cattle industry. 


Dr. Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University joins us to discuss the recent study on COVID-19’s economic impact to cattle producers and the Central Iowa chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness gives an overview of warning signs and resources for stress, anxiety and depression.


Visit our COVID-19 landing page for many of the resources referenced in this week's podcast.

Special thanks to Iowa Cattlemen's Association's Presidents Council for their support.

Episode 3 - April 9, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program for Farmers, Cassie Fish, and an ICA Update 

This week's episode features an interview with Bob Hartwig from the Iowa Banker's Association, talking about the Paycheck Protection Program from the Small Business Administration and how farmers can benefit. We also visit with Cassie Fish from thebeefread.com about beef demand and cattle markets, and ICA CEO Matt Deppe gives an update on the cattlemen's association's work. 


 Visit our COVID-19 landing page for many of the resources referenced in this week's podcast.

Episode 2 - March 31, 2020

COVID-19, Price Discovery and Iowa's Cattle Producers

President Dick Godfrey and CEO Matt Deppe discuss short term and long term efforts to help Iowa's cattlemen and women. Topics include the CARES Act, price discovery, investigating anti-competitive practices in the cattle markets and more. 

Special thanks to Iowa Cattlemen's Association's Presidents Council for their support.

Episode 1 - March 24, 2020

Iowa Cattlemen's Association COVID-19 Update

What has ICA been doing to mitigate the challenges caused by COVID-19? What are the long term solutions to cattle marketing woes? This episode, with Katie Olthoff and Matt Deppe answers those questions and more.