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ICA hosts Capitol Hill Barbecue and Cattlemen's Day


On March 30, Iowa cattlemen traveled to the Capitol where they grilled more than 750 ribeye steak sandwiches for legislators, their staffs, and other Capitol visitors. Cattlemen also had an opportunity to discuss current issues with their representatives and senators. The primary issue covered was House File 790 and its importance to Iowa's cattle industry.

An identical bill, Senate File 432, had already passed through the Senate on a 43 to 6 vote. Cattlemen urged representatives to bring HF 790 to the House floor for debate. The bills establish definitions for deep-bedded confinement facilities and allow for manure stockpiling from them. They also create rules for the application of liquid manure on snow-covered ground.

Iowa Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President Bruce Berven commented, "We were very pleased to provide our product today. The beef industry is not only valuable to the cattlemen, but to all Iowans." Berven continued, "This year's event happened to fall during the exact time the Legislature was making decisions on issues that are vital to the future of our members' businesses."

More than 70 cattlemen participated in the day's activities. The complimentary lunch was sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association.

For additional information, please contact the Iowa Cattlemen's Association at 515-296-2266.

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