Cattle producers elected to oversee Iowa beef checkoff
Two Iowa cattle producers were elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Iowa Beef Industry Council at the annual meeting held on Dec. 12 at the Prairie Meadows Events Center in Altoona.
Roger Brummett, cow-calf producer from Bedford and current IBIC secretary, was re-elected to a second three-year term. Steve Rehder, cattle feeder from Hawarden, was elected to his first three-year term. Appreciation was given to retiring directors Tom Hotz, Lone Tree, who has served since 1994, and Nancy Couser, Nevada, serving in 2012.
Attendees at the annual meeting learned that 2012 beef checkoff revenue in Iowa was down 5.1% due to declining cattle numbers and the drought. Daryl Strohbehn, treasurer, Boone, presented the 2012 audit and said, "Our board made some difficult decisions to cut some of our checkoff programs because the revenue will not be coming in for the next several years. The drought has impacted cattle numbers across the U.S. There will be several years of declining funds until we can rebuild the herd."
Elaine Utesch, Correctionville, IBIC chair said, "My chairman's report was full of great programs in promotion, research, nutrition, quality assurance, and many others. These activities help build demand for the beef that we raise. Not only is revenue down in Iowa, but we have fewer funds nationally to invest in these programs."
Other members serving on the IBIC Executive Committee are Bill Northey, Iowa secretary of agriculture; Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University; and Joe Wright, Knoxville Regional Livestock Market, representing the Iowa Livestock Market Association.
The Iowa Beef Industry Council administers the Iowa portion of the national beef checkoff. The 2012-2013 Iowa budget will invest about $1.6 million in state and national beef promotion, research, consumer information, and industry information programs. In addition, Iowa forwards approximately $1.6 million to the National Cattlemen's Beef Board for national beef promotion programs to market beef domestically and internationally. For more information, contact the Iowa Beef Industry Council at 515-296-2305.