The Iowa Cattlemen's Association has more than 10,000 beef producing members and associated companies dedicated to the future of the Iowa beef industry. The Iowa Cattlemen's Association is grassroots, comprised of 97 active county organizations that promote beef at the local level and hold educational meetings for their members.
At the state level, ICA has three primary missions: individual members services, communications and legislative and regulatory. ICA is also associated with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association that works on national issues of interest to the beef industry.
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association provides cattle producers the opportunity to join forces and speak with one voice about a variety of issues, including regulatory ones. Members also provide input on educational needs, ICA services, and a social network for farmers who have a common goal – strengthening Iowa’s beef cattle business.
For "Strength in Numbers," join the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and be a part of "The Voice" for your beef industry.
ICA members are kept informed about state legislative and regulatory issues and marketing rules through the policy newsletter, regional and district meetings, and the Iowa Cattleman magazine. Currently, ICA is focused on the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the US (WOTUS) Rule, the Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit, the State Deer Depredation Program, curriculum for Iowa’s beef industry employees, and expanding Chapter 200A for inclusion of open lot manure.
“As cattle producers, we have one organization solely dedicated to telling our story, advocating for our families, and keeping us informed and involved in the policy of tomorrow at a state level and beyond. That’s the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.” - Dan Hanrahan
ICA members that raise their hands to be more involved in leadership have several opportunities to grow their leadership skills from a hands-on perspective. ICA leadership opportunities include the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program, ICA board of directors, grassroots committees, county leaders, and special task force groups.
“YLCP was a nice opportunity to meet some younger people in the cattle industry – people from all areas of the state and all sectors of the industry – from seedstock to cow-calf to feedlot operators. But the biggest benefit to the program is that it made me realize that there’s more to the cattle industry than just feeding cattle. It opened my eyes to everything that goes on behind the scenes at ICA on our behalf. And it’s important that my generation become active and involved. If we want the cattle industry to stay strong for decades to come, we need to work together to make that happen.” - Nick Knepper
Continual improvement is necessary for any business to remain successful, and that is true
in the cattle industry. ICA provides educational programs for its members to strengthen their individual businesses as well as the cattle industry as a whole. Educational programs include Bull Selection Clinics, Feedlot Forums, the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention and a strategic partnership with the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers.
“ICA keeps everybody in touch the ever-changing environmental rules and regulations. And the networking you get to do with other producers… whether it’s younger guys like myself facing the same challenges or a more established producer, that networking is really helpful.” - Dan Martin