Government & Policy

How the Legislative Process Works

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association presently has three policy-making committees that deal with legislative or regulatory issues and work to recommend policy for the ICA. These committees are all chaired by volunteers who are knowledgeable of the issues and have a strong desire to improve the environment for the cattle industry in Iowa.

The policy-making committees meet during the year to discuss pertinent issues. The committees also meet during the annual meeting to recommend policy, which is then voted on by the full membership at the annual business meeting. Policies adopted by the association give direction to the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and staff for the coming year. All these groups work to enforce, improve or change legislation to support our policies through the year.


Committee Make-up

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association policy committees are comprised of members who have either personally contacted the ICA office requesting to be added to a committee, or whose names have been submitted by their county president. All members of the association are welcome and encouraged to serve as committee members. To retain membership on a specific committee, a member must attend as least one committee meeting yearly, or indicate continued interest by contacting the office when unable to attend a meeting. Committee meetings are open to all ICA members, but only those on a specific committee list are kept informed of meeting dates. 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 Iowa Cattlemen's Association's greatest strength is the involvement of its members in decision making. One of the best ways to have a part in that process is to serve on policy committees. Through the committees, your voice can be heard. The three ICA policy committees are Beef Product Committee, Business Issues Committee, and Cattle Production Committee.

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association policy committees are comprised of members who have either personally contacted the ICA office requesting to be added to a committee, or whose names have been submitted by their county president. All members of the association are welcome and encouraged to serve as committee members. To retain membership on a specific committee, a member must attend as least one committee meeting yearly, or indicate continued interest by contacting the office when unable to attend a meeting.

Committee meetings are open to all ICA members, but only those on a specific committee list are kept informed of meeting dates. 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 Iowa Cattlemen's Association's greatest strength is the involvement of its members in decision making. One of the best ways to have a part in that process is to serve on policy committees. Through the committees, your voice can be heard.

The three ICA policy committees are Beef Product Committee, Business Issues Committee, and Cattle Production Committee.


Policy Handbook

ICA policy adopted by members at the annual meeting are published yearly in a ICA Policy Handbook.

The policy handbook is used as a reference by ICA staff in determining the ICA position on issues and the course of action based on these guidelines from the general membership.

Policy handbooks are given to all Iowa senators and representatives when the staff is lobbying at the Iowa Statehouse.

For more information, or a copy of the ICA Policy Handbook, please contact the ICA office, 515-296-2266.

Download the ICA Policy Book.


112th Congressional Directory

Please contact any of the following Congressional delegation with your concerns before, during and after the legislative session.


Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R)
202-224-3744

Email: chuck_grassley@grassley.senate.gov


Sen. Tom Harkin (D)
202-224-3254
Email: tom_harkin@harkin.senate.gov

Bruce Braley (D)
202-225-2911
Email: Bruce.Braley@mail.house.gov

Dave Loebsack (D)
202-225-6576
Email: http://loebsack.house.gov/

Leonard L. Boswell (D)
202-225- 3806

Email:rep.boswell.ia03@mail.house.gove


Tom Latham (R)
202-225-5476
Email: www.tomlatham.house.gov/Contact/

Steve King (R)
202-225-4426
Email: steve.king@mail.house.govM