AMES — The Iowa Cattlemen's Association saw its fourth year of growth during its 2014 membership drive, finishing with 10,118 members. Membership in 2013 was 10,023.
ICA President Ed Greiman of Garner attributed this year’s successful membership drive to the organization’s increasing ability to deliver on its mission to "Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education."
“Members and other cattle producers are seeing value in ICA’s actions this past year. ICA is on the forefront of discussions with packers for a universal audit system for feeders. We’ve also provided members with more resources relative to livestock farm inspections by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency. Also, we’ve worked to increase awareness of the value of pastureland, and most recently drove the clarification of rules for the Livestock Forage Program so more producers could use it," Greiman said.
Internally, county leaders and staff worked diligently to increase membership numbers, said ICA CEO Matt Deppe. “We engaged counties to actively work on membership; to go out and ask cattle producers and business members for their support of the county and state cattlemen’s associations,” he said. In the end, county volunteers helped 31 counties exceed the previous year’s membership level.
“Achieving a successful membership year is not done by one person. I want to thank each member who showed their support of ICA efforts by paying their membership dues."
There are 97 organized county cattlemen’s associations, and 41 of them met or exceeded their 2013 membership total. ICA welcomed 1,067 new members to the association.