County cattlemen's groups noted for membership success
The Iowa Cattlemen's Association successfully ended its 2012 membership year at 9,592 members, its highest number since 2007.
"That was accomplished through the efforts of county members talking to fellow producers and supporting businesses," said John Fluit, Jr, of Inwood. Fluit was the chairman of the ICA membership committee during its drive.
Ten counties were noted for their 2012 membership year success during the ICA Convention and Annual Meeting held in Altoona, Dec. 10 to 12, 2012.
Sioux County was noted for being the largest membership county (345 members).
Crawford County had the largest number of new members (33 new members).
Jones County had the largest percentage of membership growth. County membership grew at 118 percent, with a final tally of 84 members in 2012, compared to 71 in 2011.
Seven counties were perfect in their membership renewal rate. These counties all retained 100 percent of their members in 2012: Bremer, Chickasaw, Keokuk, Union, Wayne, Winnebago, and Wright.
There are 97 organized county cattlemen's associations, and 58 of them met or exceeded their 2011 membership total. The 2013 membership year is underway, and already ICA has passed the 50% mark in renewals and new enrollments.
"The Iowa Cattlemen's Association has never been more active in protecting the best interests of Iowans and Iowa cattle farmers, and that attracts members" Fluit said.
Cattle producers who would like to join ICA, can call the ICA office at 515-296-2266 or 800-888-1730.
The Iowa Cattlemen's Association represents about 9,500 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa's beef industry. ICA's mission is "Grow Iowa's beef business through advocacy, leadership and education."