The Iowa Cattlemen's Association has nearly 10,000 members working together to grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.

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Pine View Angus - John and Kara Wessel, Colesburg

The Wessels first got involved with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association through the Carcass Challenge. Their involvement in the program helped to build their business, which persuaded them to become active members of ICA.

"It’s easy to deal with the everyday, and get stuck in your routine of taking care of the livestock that you’ve been entrusted with and taking care of the crop you’ve been entrusted with, but there’s a whole other side of agriculture that needs to be tended to.

That involves education, legislation, regulation, and we need someone, or a group, to do those services for the good of the industry across that state.

That’s why it’s important to get involved and that’s why we decided to join the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association." - John Wessel

Schwarck Farms - Mike and Kelly Schwarck, Riceville

Mike Schwarck is the chairman of ICA's Business Isssues Policy Committee. At home in northern Iowa, he has a growing family and a growing cattle operation.

"I think any father or mother on the farm hopes their children will come back and take over the farm to continue their legacy.

And that’s why I really pound the table about the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, and their involvement and their help to make sure there is a family farm to come home to." - Mike Schwarck

Bruene Farms - David and Molly Bruene, Kelley

David and Molly Bruene are young cattle producers, in the early years of their marriage and cattle business. As recent graduates of ICA's Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program, the Bruene's have learned exactly what ICA does to support the next generation of cattle producers in Iowa.

"The thing that’s the most exciting to me, getting to see young people going out into the industry is that there is a lot of future in it right now. 

The people that are coming out are super excited to be in the industry, and, they really want to fight for what they want to do, and I think the ICA does a great job of supporting and kind of mentoring those people up into not only leadership roles but just to be a good producer and better themselves in the ways that you need to be, to be a responsible beef producer." - David Bruene

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Iowa River Ranch
Dave Petty
Eldora, Iowa

Spend some time with Eldora area cattleman Dave Petty, and he’ll tell you a thing or two about working with the EPA. And what you hear might surprise you. Read more here.

Smith Farms
Lynn & Joy; Seth & Etta Smith
Nemaha, Iowa

The Smiths are one of 6 finalists for the national Environmental Stewardship Awards Program. Find out how they, and other cattle producers, are caring for Iowa's natural resources while raising great beef here.
Kevin and Terri Carstensen
Sac County

The Carstensens earned the title of “First Couple” when he was president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and she was chair of the Iowa Beef Industry Council at the same time. Now, they're known as the 2017 ICA Hall of Fame Inductees. Read more here.
Amstutz Cattle
Bloomfield, Iowa

With their three little boys in tow, Aaron and Mindy Amstutz manage a 400-head commercial Angus cow herd, two monoslope barns, hogs and row-crop ground, in addition to bulls for the ICA Bull and Heifer Evaluation Program. Read more here
Hibbs Farms
Jeff and Christy Hibbs
Albion, Iowa

The 2017 Outstanding Commercial Producers not only operate a successful commercial Angus herd and finish their own calves, but they also sell direct to consumers through a small storefront. Read more here.

Doug & Marilyn Lenth
Postville, Iowa

Lenth Herefords has been in operation for almost 50 years, but the business is far from old fashioned with an emphasis on high quality seedstock, detailed record keeping and online marketing.  Read more here.