PRESS RELEASE: Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 5, 2010
FOR MORE INFORMATION: ICON Executive Director
Destry Brown, 308-458-2244
or ICON Director Chris Abbott, 308-282-2826.
ICON to Charter Bus to Ft. Collins for Packers & Stockyards Act Hearing Before
USDA and DOJ
On June 24, the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska
(ICON) hosted a meeting for producers with the Organization of Competitive Markets
in Valentine, NE. ICON was encouraged to see close to 100 producers in attendance
interested in listening to the OCM representatives.
The presenters included
OCM board members, Mike Callicrate, Randy Stephenson and Executive Director Fred
Stokes. A question and answer period allowed producers to gain information which
otherwise would not be available. ICON members learned about the lack of a competitive
market and the recently released proposed rule changes to the Packer and Stockers
McVain Trading was also present and gave a market forecast. With the
current forecast, the cattlemen were forced to face hard facts about the current
condition of the calf market, which predict it is not sustainable.
producers to get involved and make sure the proposed rules in the Packers and
Stockers act are upheld. As producers today, there is a golden opportunity to
have everyone's voice heard. By logging onto the Federal Registry site, the proposed
rules can be read and comments made as an individual or group.
which is very important, ICON also encourages members and cattlemen across the
state of Nebraska to mark their calendars for August 27. At 8:00 a.m., in Fort
Collins, CO, a scheduled meeting will be conducted with the Department of Justice
and USDA to hear comments on the Packers and Stockers Act.
"We as producers
need to take this opportunity to help shape the future of our industry."
said ICON Executive Director Destry Brown. "The time to be proactive and
get involved is now."
Realizing the importance of this meeting and what
a tremendous opportunity this is for cattlemen to speak up, ICON is organizing
a charter bus to take producers to Fort Collins. Many details will be ironed out
but it is possible more than one bus will be chartered and more than one route
planned. ICON is already contacting sponsors to reduce the price of the bus. Producers
would be responsible for the overnight stay and meals. ICON will reserve a block
of rooms in advance.
Each charter bus holds 56 passengers and ICON is asking
for advance registration in order to determine number and routes of buses. Brown
is taking registrations at 308-458-2244. Sign-up deadline is August 6th. ICON
Communications Director Linda Wuebben can be contacted also for more information
It's time for cattlemen in Nebraska to take a stand and speak
out. Don't miss the opportunity to influence changes in the cattle industry.
Cattlemen of Nebraska
"Solid as a windmill. Always working for the independent