FROM: INDEPENDENT CATTLEMEN OF NEBRASKA, Box 241, Hyannis, NE 69350
Media Contact: Mary Mulligan (402) 967-3464; Email: email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 22, 2006
INDEPENDENT CATTLEMEN OF NEBRASKA HOLD FIRST ANNUAL CONVENTION
(Valentine, NE) - Independent cattle producers from across the state
gathered in Valentine last week to confirm the mission of Nebraska's
newest cattle organization. ICON members heard presentations on subjects
ranging from conservation easements, to international trade, to individual
animal ID, and much more.
Al Davis, ICON treasurer, and his wife Dottie agreed that the convention
was a great success. Davis said, "It was a landmark day for Nebraska's
independent cattlemen. We were able to craft policies and develop positions
that represent our needs and which will direct this organization as
we work with state and federal governmental bodies."
The keynote address was delivered by David Domina, lead attorney in
the Pickett v. Tyson IBP Federal lawsuit, which challenges meat packers'
captive supply of cattle. Domina's speech reminded cattlemen that unfettered
economic rights are the linchpin of all other freedoms guaranteed by
the Constitution. He urged the organization to focus on protecting these
rights in order to be viable participants in policy-making on other
Governor Dave Heineman addressed the crowd in a general session, pledging
his continued support for the state's cattle industry. Ag Department
Director, Greg Ibach, who was traveling with the Governor, outlined
the need for a program to promote beef products derived from animals
exclusively born, raised, and processed in Nebraska.
Other notable speakers included John VanSickle, Ag Economist with the
University of Florida, and Jess Peterson, Director of R-CALF's Washington,
Third District congressional candidate, Scott Kleeb, and gubernatorial
candidate, David Hahn, both spoke at the opening general session. They
reiterated their support for ideas such as mandatory country of origin
labeling, restricting the influence of global agribusiness, and furthering
the cause of family farmers and ranchers.
ICON president, Chris Abbott presided over the annual membership meeting,
where the association's by-laws as well as a wide array of policies
were presented, discussed, and approved.
"It was a tremendous endorsement of the work the board has done
over the last year to have so many people attend and participate in
the annual meeting," Abbott said. "It renews our enthusiasm
as we move forward. We now have a truly membership-driven set of policies
to guide our future."
INDEPENDENT CATTLEMEN OF NEBRASKA
"Solid as a windmill. Always working for the
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or call (308) 282-2826.