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Summit to address top issues in cattle country

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United States cattle producers face some unique challenges. A farm organization invites Iowa farmers to air concerns about issues impacting them and their peers.

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association invites cattle producers to attend its annual Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit December 6-7. Katie Olthoff, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association communications directors, says the annual event helps the organization better advocate for Iowa farmers.

“I think the issues we’re facing in the beef industry continue to get bigger and more complicated. Our policy committee meetings are really a chance for cattle producers to share the issues that are affecting them on the farm, the things they’re worried about in the future and give direction to ICA board members and staff on what topics they want us working on for the next year,” Olthoff said.

The day-and-a-half long conference features a educational speakers, policy committee meetings and a trade show. A variety of topics will be discussed, including how to overcome activist messages and identifying disease in your herd.

“Our keynote speaker is Bruce Vincent. He’s a logger from Montana who was regulated out of business by environmentalists. He’s been speaking to Ag groups for several years now, talking about what we can do to avoid the same fate,” Olthoff said. “We’ll also have a panel discussing animal ID and disease traceability. We’ll have that panel presentation and then open it up to attendees, to discuss and come to a consensus on what they want for Iowa’s cattle industry.”

All cattle producers are welcome to attend the convention at Prairie Meadows. Early registration is through Monday, November 12th. For more information about the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit, click here.