The Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) is the official voice for all segments of the beef industry in Idaho, from seedstock breeders to commercial operators to cattle feeders.
ICA Board of Directors Nominations open
August 10, 2022Nominations to the Idaho Cattle Association Board of Directors are now open for submission. A brief cover letter stating background of potential candidate, their leadership experience and interest to serve can be given directly to a member of the nominating committee, mailed to the Chair or mailed to the ICA office to be given to the committee. To view the positions available, and learn about the nominating committee and ICA bylaws pertaining to the process, please review the announcement here.
Call for Resolutions
August 9, 2022The Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) is seeking submissions for new or amended resolutions from current members, to be put forward at it's annual convention to be held November 14-16 in Sun Valley, ID. The deadline to submit is Monday, October 3rd, 2022. You can view the full announcement here.
Press Release: ICA Holds Summer Round Up Event
july 1, 2022The Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) recently held its annual summer meeting in Pocatello, ID June 6-7, 2022.
The meeting featured sessions on a variety of topics, as well as an annual Range Tour, which brings producers and agencies together to a nearby area of public or private lands to view and discuss potential solutions to industry issues. You can view the full Press Release here.
2022 Roles in Rangeland guide now available
June 29, 2022The Idaho Cattle Association publishes a Reference Guide to help producers with determining agency and association roles, purpose and responsibilities within the beef cattle industry of Idaho. This guide serves as a starting point for problem solving various issues, as well as connections for education related to rangeland in Idaho. You can view the Roles in Rangeland Reference Guide here.
CAFO Improvement fund
June 27, 2022The Idaho Legislature appropriated $5 million of Idaho's surplus tax revenue for environmental projects to improve CAFO operations and help them meet their manure and nutrient management goals. The CAFO Improvement Fund is a 60/40 cost share program with a $1 million cap per owner/partnership. The application period runs from July 10 August 30, 2022. View the attached document to learn more and inquire.
ica releases 2022 summer round-up agenda
may 9, 2022The Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) has released the agenda for it's 2022 Summer Round-Up, to be held in Pocatello, Idaho. The event will be held June 6-7 and will feature speakers on topics pertinent to the Idaho cattle industry landscape. Additionally, participants will have the option to either attend a range tour in the Mink Creek/Portneuf Wildlife Management Area or the annual golf tournament. Early registration closes May 23rd.
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ICA/IPLC INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
MARCH 15, 2022The Idaho Public Lands Council (IPLC) and Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) are jointly seeking one student for a 2022 internship position. Interested applicants should have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework or be a recent college graduate in agriculture, range, or public policy or an agriculture-related field. This is a full-time, temporary position. The work hours for this position will be approximately 40 hours per week. The spring/summer intern will occasionally have to work over 40 hours because of evening or weekend meetings or events, including the ICA Summer Round-Up.
The applicant should be a self-motivated individual who possesses excellent analytical and communication skills. Applicants should specify how their background provides them with the proper knowledge and abilities to excel in this internship. Cattle industry knowledge is required. A basic understanding of public lands grazing and rangeland management is preferred.
MULTIPLE Comment Submissions open
October 12, 2021
WOTUS : Tell the federal government that you oppose overly restrictive regulations that will tie the hands of farmers and ranchers on conservation work. Cattle producers are some of America’s original environmental stewards and they provide crucial conservation benefits to our air, land, and water every day. They need regulatory clarity so they can keep running their operations, safeguarding our clean waterways, and feeding our nation.
NEPA : PLC worked with the Trump Administration to streamline NEPA and ensure the process wasn’t a hindrance to the important work livestock producers do to safeguard our natural resources. We have met several times with CEQ under the Biden Administration sending the same message. The 45-day public comment period will close on November 21, and you can submit comments via the PLC.
LABELING OF CELL-CULTURED PRODUCTS : The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published Sept 2 an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments and information regarding the labeling of meat and poultry products made using cultured cells derived from animals under FSIS jurisdiction. FSIS will use these comments to inform future regulatory requirements for the labeling of such food products. The 60 day comment submission window closes on November 2, 2021.
Please see the individual links for further information on each topic and reach out to our office with questions, concerns or submissions.
2021 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED
AUGUST 27, 2021
Congratulations to the 2021 Idaho CattleWomen Scholarship Recipients! Students were selected from across the state and each receives a $1,000 scholarship to continue their education. Read more about each winner here. The Idaho CattleWomen would also like to thank individuals that support the scholarship program.
an open letter to bill gates
march 9, 2021
Bill Gates was recently interviewed by MIT Technology Review, where he claimed that "rich nations should switch entirely to synthetic beef". (MIT Technology Review)
In her Line Rider article this month, ICA Natural Resources Policy Director, Karen Williams wrote an open letter to Mr. Gates detailing how his words have the potential to deeply affect American cattle producers. In response to Gates' claim that switching to synthetic beef will help reduce the climate change issue, Karen responded that "Not only do cattle NOT present a significant threat in the climate change dialogue, but they actually provide a host of opportunities for improved carbon storage in landscapes across the country."