was ICON formed ?
see to it that your voice is not squelched by others who think they know what
you want. |
previously-existing beef organizations served the entire cattle industry, from
calving lot to dinner plate. Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) recognizes
the important services they provide, but feels that an industry-wide organization
cannot fully represent, promote, and protect the specific interests and needs
of Nebraska’s cow-calf producer, feeder, and packer equally.
are the current issues?
are some of the issues which are currently in debate within our industry, several
of which will come to a head in the near future. As a member, we'll want your
input on these issues. We'll advocate for you, and speak out for you. We'll see
to it that your voice is not squelched by others who think they know what you
The Canadian Border
The U.S. Export Markets
Box Beef imports from Canada
Ban on Packer Ownership of Cattle (Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921)
International Free Trade Agreements
The Beef Checkoff
does the "independent" in Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska mean?
We call ourselves Independent Cattlemen because we believe that the spirit
of Independence that once epitomized our industry has been lost in the power-shift
from cattlemen to packer. We’re all aware that the goals of the meat industry
are not the same as ours. It is time that this was acknowledged and openly discussed.
Our goal is to restore a more equal division of power across our industry. Independent
minds and independent voices must be heard at state and federal levels. We will
be those voices.
goal is to restore a more equal division of power across our industry.|
are the dues for ICON and how will they be used?
Active memberships in ICON are $100 per calendar year. Your dues
will support the organization in the following ways:
do we need this---- and why now?
will open, equip, and staff an office in Hyannis, NE.
will develop effective communication across the organization.
will create materials and host events to educate the consumer, elected officials,
media, members, and others in the industry about ICON and what we stand for and
will maintain and develop our website, www.independentcattlemen.com.
is a need! Nebraska's unique ranching and farming industry is in jeopardy. Complex
issues have arisen around us while we’ve been working our farms and ranches.
Without a strong grass-roots organization to speak for us, we've allowed the other
meat industry sectors to claim that they represent us. Trade and health issues
being decided today will influence every aspect of our lives, rom who buys our
cattle to what our land is going to be worth. ICON wants to amplify your voice,
making it heard across Nebraska and the nation.
and health issues being decided today will influence every aspect of our lives,
from who buys our cattle to what our land is going to be worth.|
this just about ranchers?
No. This is about the economy of the
state of Nebraska and the survival of rural America. Agriculture is the number
one industry in the state of Nebraska, and cattle production is the largest sector
in that industry. Cattle and grain production go hand in hand. We want our rural
communities to thrive and grow. Everyone gains from thriving farms and ranches.
Let's never forget that.