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Top 10 Best Burgers Announced - Monday, March 20, 2017

The Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen's Association announced the Top 10 Burgers in Iowa today.  See the full list here. (full story)


Statewide Wildfire Relief Fundraiser April 7 - Friday, March 10, 2017

Iowa cattlemen come together to help wildfire victims Over the past two weeks, as cattlemen across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas fell victim to wildfires, there has been an overwhelming desire among Iowa cattlemen to help. In response (full story)


Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Symbol of Excellence Sales Kick-Off in March - Monday, March 6, 2017

This year marks the 32nd annual Symbol of Excellence Sales and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is offering yet another set of superior cattle. Over the past few decades, ICA has built a strong foundation for the sale with cosigners, seller (full story)


Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Feedlot Forums to be held in March - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Although feedlot profit margins are expected to improve in 2017, many producers are still recovering from a couple of rough years. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has three educational events scheduled for feedlot operators in March to help (full story)


Free Grazing Meeting February 20 - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ICA, NRCS and Prairie Creek Seed Kick off “Stewards of the Land” Program The Stewards of the Land program, a one-of-a-kind initiative aimed at improving soil health and water quality in Iowa through well-managed grazing, offic (full story)


Search Begins for Iowa’s Best Burger - Monday, February 13, 2017

Contact: Brooke German, Director of Marketing, brooke@iabeef.org, 515-296-2305 Katie Olthoff, Director of Communications, katie@iabeef.org, 515-296-2266 AMES, IOWA – Iowa’s cattle producers are asking their fellow Iowans to help (full story)


Iowa Cattlemen’s Association to hold educational forums - Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Continual improvement is an important part of farm management, especially when profitability challenges arise. That is why the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) is holding educational events around the state in January. Cow/Calf Forums (full story)


AJ & Kellie Blair, Dayton receive cattlemen’s 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

AMES, IOWA –The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has named AJ and Kellie Blair, Dayton, as winners of the 2016 Iowa Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The Blairs show a dedication to the environment on their modern, diversified (full story)


Kent Pruismann, Rock Valley, inducted into the Iowa Cattlemen's Association Hall of Fame - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

AMES, IOWA– This year’s recipient of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame award is  Kent Pruismann from Rock Valley, IA, nominated by the Sioux County Cattlemen. “Kent is a champion for the cattle industr (full story)


Iowa Cattlemen’s Association names Outstanding Commercial Producer - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

AMES, IOWA– Every year, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association recognizes an outstanding commercial producer that continually goes above and beyond and “gives their all” to make the beef industry the best it can be. This year (full story)


Mike Cline, Elgin, to lead Iowa Cattlemen's Association - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

AMES - The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association welcomed a new president at their annual meeting on December 10 in Ames. Mike Cline is a fifth generation cattle producer. He attended Iowa State University for one year before returning to his family (full story)


ICA Recognizes 2016 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program Participants and Names 2017 Class - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

AMES, IOWA – Twenty-one young Iowa cattle producers from around the state participated in the 2016 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP). The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association program consists of a series of educational sessions (full story)


Cattlemen tackle tough issues at inaugural Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit and ICA Annual Meeting - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

AMES - Market challenges, Foreign Animal Disease, beef import safety, the state beef checkoff and estate tax garnered the most attention at last week’s Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit.   The summit, which was held on December (full story)


Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council pleased with state beef checkoff referendum results - Thursday, December 8, 2016

AMES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced the passage of the referendum to reinstate the $.50 per head Iowa beef checkoff that was held November 30th.   The preliminary results show a positive vote (full story)


Cattle producers invited to 2016 Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit - Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cattle producers invited to 2016 Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit   AMES - Cattle producers and friends of the industry are invited to attend the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit and Political Action Committee (PAC) fundrai (full story)


Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit to feature State of the Industry Session - Thursday, November 17, 2016

AMES - In addition to continuing education for cattle producers and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association policy committee meetings, the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit will also feature a State of the Industry panel discussion. Dr. Phil (full story)


Cattlemen can weigh in on 2017 policies at inaugural Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit - Monday, November 14, 2016

AMES - While the election may be over, Iowa cattle producers and friends of the industry still have a chance to exert influence on the issues that matter to them.   As part of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s mission to gro (full story)


Reminder: Request absentee ballot for checkoff vote by Nov. 23 - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

AMES - Eligible cattle producers in Iowa have less than a month to request an absentee ballot for the Iowa state beef checkoff.   The proposed checkoff would be assessed at a rate of 50 cents per head on all Iowa cattle sold. The checkof (full story)


Support Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation with "Cartridges for Cash" - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ames, IA  – Iowa cattle producers have a chance to support the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association through the Merck Animal Health “Cartridges for Cash” program, formerly known as “Wheels for Bucks.” The program (full story)


China to resume exports of US beef - Thursday, September 22, 2016

AMES - Iowa Cattlemen’s Association leaders are hopeful that an announcement from Chinese government officials will have a positive impact on Iowa’s cattle industry. Following a 13-year ban on U.S. beef exports, China's Ministry of Agr (full story)


Iowa Beef Checkoff Petition Complete - Tuesday, September 6, 2016

AMES - More than 500 cattle producers in Iowa have signed a petition for a referendum to reinstate the Iowa beef checkoff. The state checkoff was in effect prior to the creation of the federal beef checkoff in 1986. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Ass (full story)


ICA seeking young cattle producers for leadership class - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

AMES, IOWA –In an on-going effort to build future leadership for both the Iowa cattle industry and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, ICA is taking applications for the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program through October 1, 2016. (full story)


Six Iowa Youth receive Iowa Beef Heifer Awards - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Six Iowa youth from four Iowa counties were recognized for their achievements with their purebred breeding heifer projects at the 2016 Iowa State Fair. The Iowa Beef Heifer Award is designed to honor outstanding youth and future leaders of the (full story)


"Desperado" takes home title of 2016 Super Bull - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

“Desperado” rules Iowa State Fair’s 2016 Super Bull contest AMES, IOWA – The winner of the Iowa State Fair’s “Super Bull Contest” is a Black Angus bull named “Desperado.” Desperado is owned (full story)


Recent changes to the CME Live Cattle Futures Contracts Alarm Iowa Cattlemen - Friday, August 5, 2016

CME Changes Disregard Industry Input     AMES - The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) announced recently that a $1.50 per hundredweight discount would be applied to cattle delivered to the Worthing, SD delivery point on the Oct (full story)


ICA Receives Conservation Collaboration Grant - Thursday, August 4, 2016

AMES - The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is a recent recipient of the 2016 Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Collaboration Grants. Grants were awarded to projects that leveraged NRCS resources, addressed local natu (full story)


Cattlemen offer beef to RAGBRAI riders - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cyclists will have a chance to fuel up on lean protein at stops along the RAGBRAI route this year.  Beef is an excellent source of protein and plays a vital role in muscle repair and recovery. Beef is considered a nutrient dense and energy (full story)


Iowa Cattlemen's Priorities now Part of NCBA's Policy Book - Monday, July 18, 2016

DENVER -  Cattle market volatility has been a concern for Iowa cattle producers, especially since the historic drop in fed cattle prices that occurred in October of 2015. Since that time, volunteer leaders from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Associ (full story)


Iowa Cattlemen's Association Leaders address Cattle Market Policy at NCBA's Summer Business Meeting - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

AMES - Delegates from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association travel to Denver, CO this week for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting. During this meeting NCBA’s policy committees wil (full story)


Iowa Cattlemen’s Association BeefMeets Bring New Policy Development Process and State Checkoff Discussion - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is a grassroots membership organization, with a dedication to “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”  This year’s policy development process wil (full story)


ICA BeefMeets to focus on success and profitability - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Educational sessions at the first annual BeefMeets will focus on an important topic in the current ag economy: profitability. “We realize that cattle producers from all sectors of the industry are looking at both short-term and long (full story)


Iowa's Best Burger is at The Chuckwagon in Adair - Monday, May 2, 2016

AMES, IOWA – The 2016 Iowa’s Best Burger has been found in Adair at The Chuckwagon Restaurant. The Chuckwagon embraces the rich history of Adair through its restaurant and menu offerings. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA (full story)


Iowa Cattle Industry Convention replaced by regional BeefMeets - Thursday, April 28, 2016

For the past several years, the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention has offered cattlemen in Iowa a chance to learn about the latest advancements in the cattle industry, develop policy for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and network with other (full story)


Iowa Cattlemen's Association names Environmental Stewardship Awards Program Winners - Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has named AJ and Kellie Blair, Dayton, as winners of the 2016 Iowa Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The Blairs show a dedication to the environment on their modern, diversified livestock farm (full story)


Iowa Cattlemen Urge Passing of Trans-Pacific Partnership - Monday, April 11, 2016

Washington, DC - Several Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) leaders and staff members are headed to our nation’s capital this week to meet with legislators on behalf of Iowa’s cattle producers. A key issue that will be discussed (full story)


Iowa Beef Checkoff Updates Signed into Law by Governor Branstad - Friday, April 1, 2016

AMES - Governor Branstad signed into law changes to the Iowa Beef Checkoff on March 31. Changes to the code were a priority for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association in 2016. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association thanks state Representatives (full story)


ICA Political Action Committee Trap and Skeet Shoot scheduled for July - Thursday, June 18, 2015

AMES, IOWA – The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s Political Action Committee (PAC) is making their target the 2016 election. The first ever PAC exclusive event will take place at Highland Hideaway Hunting, 3127 160th Street in Riversi (full story)


ICA bull sales at Bloomfield, Dunlap show continued strength - Friday, April 10, 2015

The first two sales in the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) Bull Evaluation Program have resulted in a strong indication that Iowa cow-calf producers are seeking superior genetics for their commercial herds. At the first sale held in Bloom (full story)


Legal action against counties will not spur cooperation - Thursday, March 12, 2015

AMES, IOWA – The president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association said he is disappointed with the decision by the quasi-public Des Moines Water Works to pursue legal action against drainage districts in Buena Vista, Sac and Calhoun cou (full story)


March feedlot forums planned in four locations - Friday, February 20, 2015

Whether it’s being prepared for an environmental inspection or an audit by a packer, Iowa feedyards need to comply with a variety of regulations. Being prepared to handle those, as well as being in tune with the market outlook, are all topics (full story)


Carcass Challenge participants can sign-up through Oct. 1 - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For the fourth year, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is sponsoring a Carcass Challenge contest that lets cattle producers compare their genetics over a level playing field. The program provides for some good-natured head-to-head competition (full story)


ICA regional meetings scheduled for late August, early September - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will hold four regional meetings around the state, beginning later this month. This year, the regional meetings will have a strong state and federal legislative focus. Candidates for U.S. House and Senate (full story)


ICA bull test starts 30th year; reservations due Sept. 5 - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The 2015 Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) bull tests and sales will mark the 30th anniversary of the ICA service which is well-known by both seedstock and commercial cattle producers. The performance bull test in Iowa was originally under (full story)


Governor's Charity Steer Show sets fund-raising record - Monday, August 11, 2014

$225,850 raised for Ronald McDonald House Charities For the third year in a row, the Governor’s Charity Steer Show exceeded its fund-raising record for Ronald McDonald House Charities.  The event earned $225,850 for the three Ronald McD (full story)


Winners of ICA Carcass Challenge named - Friday, June 6, 2014

High quality beef and a moderate cost of production are two of the general measures that were used by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association in its Carcass Challenge competition that wrapped up with awards in Ames this month. Awards to the top ste (full story)


Bridgewater cattle producers are nominees for environmental award - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bridgewater cattle producers are nominees for environmental award Nichols Farms LTD of Bridgewater is the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s nomination for the national Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). This family farm (full story)


Iowa's Best Burger? Find it at Brick City Grill in Ames - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Iowa's Best Burger? Find it at Brick City Grill in Ames  The Brick City Grill in Ames is the 2014 winner of Iowa’s Best Burger contest. The restaurant is a first time entrant in the state-wide contest. And the response from owner Jas (full story)


Bull prices in Bloomfield up from year ago - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

For the fourth year in a row, the average sale price of the bulls in ICA’s Bloomfield sale was up from the previous year. A total of 37 bulls were offered, and the average sale price was $3,000. In 2013, the average sale price in Bloomfield (full story)


ICA kicks off 2014 bull sales, March 17 in Bloomfield; March 28 in Dunlap - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) will hold its first two performance-selected bull sales of the season on Monday, March 17, at the Bloomfield Livestock Auction Market in Bloomfield; and Friday, March 28 at the Dunlap Livestock Auction (full story)


ICA names young producers taking part in 2014 leadership program - Friday, February 14, 2014

Twenty-four young Iowa cattle producers from around the state are participating in the 2014 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP). The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association program is designed to develop personal, organizational, and communi (full story)


Farm Bill delivers little positive certainty for cattle producers - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association is certainly appreciative of a farm bill finally being passed to provide some certainty for farmers. However, there is disappointment in specific outcomes that both Senate and House members supported, but were not (full story)


ICA members adopt policy for state, national issues - Thursday, January 2, 2014

More than 30 expiring policies of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association were reviewed during the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting held during the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention in December. New policies were also proposed, and foll (full story)


ICA has leadership continuity as it heads into New Year - Monday, December 30, 2013

The leadership of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will have strong continuity as 2014 begins. Ed Greiman, Garner, and Phil Reemtsma, DeWitt, were re-elected to serve second terms as President and President-Elect respectively during ICA&rsquo (full story)


South Dakota rancher relief goes over $28,000 - Monday, December 23, 2013

Iowa individuals and county cattlemen’s associations have provided assistance to the state challenge to join together and raise funds for the South Dakota ranchers who lost cattle and infras (full story)


Arcadia hosts West Central Iowa Beef Cattle Forum - Thursday, December 19, 2013

A mix of cow-calf and feedlot issues will be discussed at the West Central Iowa Beef Cattle Forum that will be held at the American Legion Hall in Arcadia on Wednesday, Jan 22. The 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (full story)


Dave Petty named to ICA’s Hall of Fame - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dave Petty, Eldora, was named the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association 2013 Hall of Fame recipient at the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, Dec. 9-11, in Altoona. Petty, who has a cow-calf and small feedyard, sees cattle production as a key part of env (full story)


ICA supports proposed rule change on Trichomoniasis testing - Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association submitted comments of support on a proposed rule change in Iowa regarding Trichomoniasis testing of bulls entering the state. Trichomoniasis, commonly called Trich, is a sexually transmitted disease that can lea (full story)


Challenge for Iowa cattlemen to raise funds for South Dakota ranchers - Friday, November 8, 2013

Iowa’s county cattlemen’s associations are are being challenged to join together in raising funds for the South Dakota ranchers who lost livestock during the untimely blizzards that hit the western part of that state in early October. (full story)