PRESS RELEASE: Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2010
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information,
contact ICON Executive Director Destry Brown, 308-458-2244,
or ICON president
David Wright, 402-929-0339, or Communications Director Linda Wuebben, 402-357-3778.
Members Seek Beef Council Seats
The recent compliance review
of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has spurred interest in the ranks
of the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) to find responsible Nebraska cattle
producers to fill director positions being vacated on the Nebraska Beef Council.
ICON board members David Wright and Rod Gray are also members of the Nebraska
Beef Council. Wright is term-limited out this year after serving eight years.
Two ICON members, Chris Abbott of Gordon and Terry Rothwell of Hyannis,
are gathering signatures this summer to be nominated to fill two of the board
seats on the NBC this fall. ICON is very interested in staying involved in the
beef checkoff program and keeping an eye on the allocation of funds and making
sure the money is used for what it was intended.
within the sectors of the cattle and beef industry becomes very transparent, when
you look at the input costs and the output received between the three major sectors,
which are producing, feeding and processing," said Chris Abbott, ICON Board
of Director member. "To think one organization, namely the NCBA can speak
effectively for all segments of our industry is absurd. The fact that they are
the major contractor of our checkoff dollars creates a huge conflict of interest.
I'm astonished that some producers have been brainwashed into thinking one voice
can speak for the entire industry."
ICON is very disappointed
to see allocated funds being misused and misappropriated according to the initial
review of the NCBA by Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB).
to send for a nomination packet for my Region (6) and attempt to gain a seat on
the NBC to give myself, my neighbors and fellow cattle producers a common sense
voice in the kind of decisions where money is allocated," said Rothwell.
"With the recent disclosure of the non-compliance issues within NCBA and
actions by CBB to better control the check-off financial situation, it is more
important than ever to participate in the process. As a working rancher in Arthur
County, I am very concerned with where my money is going and if it is working
Rothwell said recently, she was approached by a rancher
who was questioning the Nebraska Beef Council's recent majority vote to send several
millions to the Federation with no strings attached. Two dissenting members argued
against this and spoke in favor of more support & promotion of Nebraska beef
or at least to earmark the funding - rather than to send hard earned dollars to
an organization that is political and may not be using the money to promote Nebraska
producers. This funding was given in addition to the mandatory payment which is
half of NBC's check-off receipts due & payable every year.
working rancher in Arthur County, Rothwell is very concerned with where her money
is going and if it is working for her. If elected, she looks forward to working
with the council in deciding the best ways to support local and state wide Beef
ICON is also reminding Nebraska cattlemen from one end of the state
to the other they are sponsoring a bus trip to the USDA/DOJ Workshop in Ft. Collins,
CO, on August 27, 2010. The bus ride will be free thanks to ICON and several sponsors
and a few seats are still available but time is getting short. A block of 20 rooms
at a rate of $79 for two double beds have been reserved at the Best Western University
Inn which is directly across the street from Colorado State University where the
workshop for the Livestock Industry is being held.
livestock producers to support this once-in-lifetime opportunity so a clear message
is sent to the USDA and Congress. There is a problem with the current market practices
and it needs fixing.
For more info on rooms and to reserve your seat
on the bus please call Destry Brown at 308-458-2244.
Cattlemen of Nebraska
"Solid as a windmill. Always working for the independent