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." 

Read Karen's article here

ICA AND IPLC Summer Internship Opportunity

The Idaho Public Lands Council (IPLC) and Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) are jointly seeking one student for a 2021 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.


  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to analyze governmental documents, litigation, and scientific research
  • Organizational skills · Ability to think creatively and handle multiple projects 
  • Ability to work independently · Self-initiative to complete required tasks 
  • Desire to learn/gain experience with cattle industry issues 
  • Dress and conduct oneself with professionalism while representing ICA 
  • Basic understanding of business fundamentals, needs, and development 
  • Proficient computer skills 
  • Ambitious, flexible, team player

The Intern will be assigned to projects by the Executive Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association and the staff director for the Idaho Public Lands Council. The primary focus for the internship will be on reviewing, analyzing, and researching information related to lawsuits filed against public lands grazing. The intern will also be charged with reviewing and organizing industry comments on policy proposals. These tasks will assist in the development of a system which will be used to help Idaho ranchers in responding to grazing permit renewals and federal grazing-related planning documents. The individual will also work in-depth with ICA and IPLC in a variety of industry management areas, assist with ICA’s annual summer meeting, and will perform basic office tasks.


  • Must have a flexible schedule 
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving record is required 
  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A. 
  • Willingness to participate in some travel and/or nights and weekend work

The intern will be paid $4,000 total, on a biweekly pay cycle over ten weeks.


The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, but the intern will be expected to work a minimum of 10 weeks and should begin by June 1. Housing and transportation will not be provided by the Idaho Cattle Association.


Please return completed employment application and the following: 

  • Cover letter 
  • Unofficial college transcript 
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Essay (questions located at bottom of application)
Send application packet to the following: 

Cameron Mulrony, ICA Executive Vice President, [email protected] 


Karen Williams, IPLC Staff Director and ICA Policy Director, [email protected]

The deadline for application is March 15, 2021. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Cameron Mulrony at (208) 343-1615. If you are interested in receiving college credit for internship work, please send an attached document with the college, department, advisor, and any other pertinent information to your application. 

We look forward to receiving your application.