Friday, June 24, 2016

BeefMeets Drive Home the Mission

We're back in the office today after two big meetings this week.

Northeast Iowa BeefMeet

Most of the ICA staff spent Wednesday in Spencer and Thursday in Independence with members of the cattle industry at the first annual ICA BeefMeets. Between the educational sessions, tradeshow and policy development, the meetings were true to the event theme, helping the cattle industry "drive to success."

Northwest Iowa BeefMeet

We have yet to go through the event surveys to find out what attendees thought, but as a staff, we talked about the events on our way home last night. And we agreed - we really, really enjoyed seeing everyone!

Tristen and Shanda are friendly voices
on the phones at ICA. At BeefMeets you
can see their friendly faces, too!

We work in the office most days, and often talk to you, our members, on the phone or over email. But events like BeefMeets give us a chance to see you face to face, and we love that. Seeing all of you and getting your feedback reminds us why we do what we do - we work everyday to support your passion and we are proud to do that. Seeing you at our events drives home the connection between the advocacy, education and leadership projects we work on every day in Ames and the work you do on your farms or businesses.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Northwest and Northeast Iowa BeefMeets, and especially to the trade show vendors, sponsors and ICA leaders who helped make the events a success. We are taking a short pause before loading up for the Beef Masters Open West in Denison on Monday, June 27, the Southwest Iowa BeefMeet in Atlantic on Tuesday, June 28, the Southeast Iowa BeefMeet in Riverside on Wednesday, June 20 and the PAC Shoot-Out in Riverside on Thursday, June 30.

Can't wait to see you all again soon and as always, if there are concerns or topics you want your association to be working on, don't hesitate to reach out to us!

Here are more photos from Northwest and Northeast Iowa BeefMeets:


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