To: Congressman Tom Osborne
From: Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON)
Bob Rothwell, Secretary
Date: March 11, 2005
Re: Cubin/Herseth Resolution (H.J.R. 23)
Resolution to block USDA Rule as to Canadian Border Opening
Dear Congressman Osborne,
I am writing to you on behalf of an Independent Cattlemens organization
that has formed in Nebraska. You might know that ICON is a newly formed
State organization of independent producers and feeders. In just 3 weeks
since inception this group has over 200 members and growing every day.
You might also know that
ICON is an affiliate of R-Calf USA, a national group that represents
We have made it known that we support R-Calf in their legal efforts
to protect our cattle industry and consumer health in the recent injunction
granted by a federal judge in Montana to delay reopening of the Canadian
border. Our organization has raised thousands of dollars to assist with
Our belief is that the USDA should not place the health and welfare
of both US consumers and US cattle herd at risk by trying to force through
a regulation motivated by politics, not science. Additionally, if the
USDA is allowed to lower our safety protocols on beef imports, US export
markets will be negatively impacted.
As our Representative, we think it is imperative that you understand
how important your support for the Cubin/Herseth Resolution is to our
economy and livelihood in the Third District and the State of Nebraska.
We are asking you to be a co-sponsor of H.J.R. 23, on our behalf, and
support its passage in the US House of Representatives when it
comes up for a vote.
We would like to set up a conference call with you, as soon as possible,
in order to discuss this issue.
Please contact me by phone or e-mail. I will be awaiting your response.
ICON Board of Directors: CC: Congressman Terry
Robert D. Rothwell, Hyannis
Chris Abbott, Gordon
Korley Sears, Ainsworth
Al Davis, Hyannis
Dave Wright, Neligh