Iowa cattle producers will convene at four locations across the state in June for the second annual BeefMeets. In addition to several educational sessions, a full trades how and opportunities for networking, cattlemen will get a chance to share policy and industry issue concerns with ICA leaders. The four BeefMeets will be held June 13th in Dubuque, June 15th in Ottumwa, June 20th in Creston and June 22 in Le Mars.
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is a grassroots membership organization, with a dedication to “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.” The organization has previously held a 3-day annual convention in Des Moines in December, but feedback from members led the association to launch the regional meetings in 2016.
“The regional format offers a lot of benefits for our members across the state. They are able to participate in the best parts of our convention without traveling a long distance or leaving their operations for several days,” says Matt Deppe, CEO of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.
Educational topics this year will focus on the current farm economy. Many farmers are experiencing tough times in this economic downturn, and BeefMeets are designed to help cattle producers weather the storm.
Time has been set aside at each BeefMeet for ICA districts to gather and provide input. “Our district breakouts will allow cattle producers to weigh in on topics that matter to their operations,” says ICA’s President Mike Cline. “As a grassroots organization, our policy is developed by members for members, and provides guidance for staff and leaders as we work on behalf of the industry.”
A tradeshow throughout the day and a “beef social” following the meeting will provide opportunities for networking. Registration includes a complimentary lunch. For more information or to register for BeefMeets, visit www.iacattlemen.org.