At the Eighth Annual Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska Convention Nov. 8 in O’Neill, ICON members voted on a resolution to oppose the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline as well as giving donations to the Ranchers’ Relief Fund and R-CALF-USA for the defense of the Country of Origin Labeling program.
In 2010, ICON passed a resolution to support an alternate route for the pipeline but decided last week to oppose the pipeline. ICON believes it is important to protect Ogallala Aquifer as well as the landowners and their property rights, some of whom have had difficulties with pipeline officials and the land contracts and have also been threatened with the eminent domain process of confiscation of their land.
ICON members also decided to donate some relief money to the Ranchers Relief Fund through the Chadron Community Foundation. They are aware of the livestock losses due to the October blizzard in western Nebraska and wish to assist with those ranchers who are struggling to get back on their feet.
Also speaking at the convention was R-CALF USA Chief Executive Officer Bill Bullard, who talked about the recent lawsuit R-CALF USA has joined in defense of COOL. ICON also voted to give a donation to support the fight to keep COOL as an excellent tool for consumers to use when identifying meat and its point of origin at a market.
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