Election Influences Discussions at ICA Convention


By Aimee Burnett

Sun Valley, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The 2012 Idaho Cattle Association Convention and Trade Show is underway in Sun Valley.

Folks from all aspects of the cattle industry gathered at the Sun Valley Resort for three days of discussions, entertainment and more.

With a theme like "Playing the Cards We're Dealt,” it's no surprise politics is a hot topic at this year's ICA Convention.

"Following last Tuesday's election, now it's time to sit down, get to business in how we handle issues and working with our federal administration, as well as our state legislators and agencies," said Wyatt Prescott, ICA Executive Vice President.

One of the items the association wants to address moving forward is the number of huge wildfires on public lands, which Prescott claims there's a solution for.

"It's utilizing that resource with cattle and controlling the fuel load. And, that's something we need to collaborate with those agencies and work as an industry to keep doing," said Prescott.

One of ICA's biggest concerns is federal regulations.

"A good example of that is a Clean Air Act or Clean Water Act violation from the EPA can mean up to $32,000 plus a day in fines," said Prescott.

And, not too far down the road there could be another federal concern for ranchers.

"Grazing is not listed as a threat to sage grouse. Improper grazing management is," said Richard Savage, ICA President.
Along with politics, there's a large educational component to the convention, such as estate planning and transition planning.

"Trying to bring the next generation of cattle producers into the business," said Prescott.

"I've had people tell me about their internships. I've learned a lot about a lot of job offers and stuff like that that I can get when I graduate,"said Daniel Bideganeta, University of Idaho student.

Grooming the next generation to be a voice for the industry in the years to come.

The convention and trade show wrap up Wednesday afternoon.

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