ICA announces program to strengthen Iowa's beef business
The Iowa Cattlemen's Association announced a new program for its members at the organization's convention and annual meeting on Dec. 11, 2012, in Altoona. "We are excited about this program, called Beef Business Connections," said ICA CEO Matt Deppe. "This program is going to provide the information, training and education that will improve the longevity and profit potential for Iowa's beef cattle producers."
Beef Business Connections already has plans in place for seminars in 2013. Planned seminars will be about capital acquisition for start-up or growth, planning the transfer of beef cattle farm operations between generations, and low-stress cattle handling.
"We are bringing in some of the best talent on these subjects to provide information to Iowa's cattle producers. ICA is dedicated to advancing the economic strength of our members by connecting them to resources that help them grow their beef business," Deppe said. Securing these experts and launching this initiative was largely inspired and is supported by Summit Livestock Facilities, an FBi Buildings company.
"Summit Livestock Facilities is dedicated to improving the profit potential of our customers. So, being the founding sponsor of ICA Beef Business Connections is a perfect fit for us," said Miles Ridgway, President of Summit Livestock Facilities. "We greatly value our relationship with the ICA and welcome this opportunity to contribute resources to advancing the ICA's role in providing Iowa cattlemen and women with the information needed to improve their profit potential," he said during the announcement of the program.
The current programs on the calendar include a Capital Acquisition Seminar on Jan. 29 at Maquoketa and Jan. 31 at Storm Lake; a Generational Ownership Transfer Seminar on Mar. 14 at Independence; and Low-Stress Cattle Handling, Training and Demonstrations July 22 at Mason City, July 23 at Cedar Rapids, July 25 at Donnellson, and July 26 at Red Oak.
Details about each event are at www.beefconnections.org. ICA members will also receive a brochure with all the details with their January Iowa Cattleman magazine.
The Iowa Cattlemen's Association represents more than 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."