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Mark Pratt..................(Blackfoot) 208-681-6597 PRESIDENT-ELECT Kim Brackett..............(Homedale) 208-308-1952 VICE PRESIDENT Jerry Wroten.................. (Wilder) (208) 831-7339 PAST PRESIDENT Jay Smith.......... ...........(Carmen) 208-940-1020 TREASURER Cody Hendrix................... (Rigby) 208-360-9693 FEEDER COUNCIL CHAIR Spencer Black................... (Almo) 208-647-8130 PUREBRED COUNCIL CHAIR Val Carter..................... (Pingree) 208-390-4811 COW-CALF COUNCIL CHAIR Brayden Eliason.......... (Holbrook) 208-705-2541 CATTLEWOMEN COUNCIL CHAIR Maggie Malson................ (Parma) 208-739-2265 DISTRICT 1 REPRESENTATIVES Mike McClean............. (Post Falls) 208-661-7518 Quin Wemhoff...............(Kamiah) 208-983-6448 DISTRICT 2 REPRESENTATIVES Lori Ireland.......(Mountain Home) 208-866-0112 Marg Chipman...............(Weiser) 208-550-0605 DISTRICT 3 REPRESENTATIVES Eugene Matthews............(Oakley) 208-431-3260 John Peters........................ (Filer) 208-358-3850 DISTRICT 4 REPRESENTATIVES Ryan Steele.............. (Idaho Falls) 208-390-5765 Norman Wallis.....................(May) 208-993-1342 DISTRICT 5 REPRESENTATIVES Roscoe Lake..............(Blackfoot) 208-604-3650 Arnold Callison......... (Blackfoot) 208-681-8440 ALLIED INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVE Kelton Hatch............... (Kimberly) 208-539-0417 DIRECTORS AT LARGE Robert Oxarango.......... (Emmett) 208-431-0777 Adrian Meyer.......... (Grand View) 208-509-1892 CATTLEWOMEN BOARD REPRESENTATIVE Tay Brackett...................... (Filer) 208-866-4967


DEPARTMENTS Message from the President


Message from the EVP


Message from the Natural Resources Policy Director


Legislative Update


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Cover story: Building a Legacy in Support of an Industry


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Observing more than just cattle will serve our industry in upcoming elections As voters, we must use experience, education, and a little gut instinct to get it right


alving is coming to a close on most Idaho ranches, and like all years we’ve had the opportunity to sharpen our skills of observation. How long has she been at it? Is she just nesting or is the calf out of position? Or, you’ve seen the situation before – two cows claiming the same calf. Have they both calved or is one just getting close and her mothering instincts have kicked in? We go on to face the same types of questions throughout the rest of the year regarding not only herd health but a myriad of other issues that require evaluation. We use experience and education, talk to the vet, and remember what we learned from Dad. We ask ourselves, “does this feel right?” My grandpa used to say “All the signs are there, you just have to read them.”

Mark Twain said “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” My ranching grandmother who lived to 97 would beg to differ. She believed strongly in making it to the polls with an informed vote whenever she was offered the chance. 6



It’s these same observation skills we need to apply in the upcoming election. And we need to do it at the primary vote on May 17 because that’s where most of the final decisions will be made in a state dominated by one party. It’s concerning that extremism is getting such a stronghold in Idaho politics. Out-of-state influences have entered the local arena using fear and sensationalism to gain power. The idea that the sky is falling is an easy sell. I believe the same question, “does this feel right?” could be asked of our current political environment. It’s been said, “decisions are made by those who show up,” and in this case the extremists are going to show up at the primary and support candidates that won’t necessarily represent your best interest. Mark Twain said “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” My ranching grandmother who lived to 97 would beg to differ. She believed strongly in making it to the polls with an informed vote whenever she was offered the chance. Sadly, our primary elections have historically had a pathetic voter turnout. And contrary to Mark Twain’s quip, your vote does matter. We have livestock operators in the governor and lieutenant governor races that need and deserve your vote in the primary. Your Cattle PAC (Political Action Committee) has discussed, at length, the state and district races and has selected a slate of candidates to support. We hope you’ll take advantage of being a member and engage with PAC committee members (you can reach out to the office if you aren’t sure of who this is) to talk about the research that has been done on your behalf. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the candidates from your legislative district, the state races, and congressional seats, and go to the polls on May 17. In other news, Summer Round-up is just around the corner! Come spend a couple of days with us in Pocatello on June 6 and 7.


More is lost by indecision, than by wrong decision We don't all have to agree, but we do all need to take action and here's why


s we continue to face challenges in our industry. I wanted to take a moment to remind us all that the decisions are made by those that show up! This includes people as individuals, organizations, leadership, and members that are present. Life is full of questions, opportunities, and challenges. Each and every day decisions are in front of us. They are not always easy and often, regardless of your decision, you won’t please everyone.

Life is full of questions, opportunities, and challenges. Each and every day decisions are in front of us. They are not always easy and often, regardless of your decision, you won’t please everyone. Let’s start with elections: the decision is made by those that show up and vote. If you look at the statistics, historically a minority of people actually show up and vote in elections. It is an even smaller percentage during the midterm elections. Now, we all are busy. However, in spite of the inundation of decisions one 8


BY CAMERON MULRONY ICA Executive Vice President

might make on a daily basis, the narrative is still the same: If you want to be part of the solution, show up! Let me give you a quick example. In my lifetime, I have started a few colts for our program (as well as others), and each day I’d start with a plan. Usually about the time I’d be ready to lead the first colt to the barn for the days adventure, the plan has changed. The guy who showed up influences your decisions- me in this example. Is it the guy who has all day to ride 6 head and let the horse tell you when it’s been a good day? Is it the guy whom is in a hurry and needs to be done with all 6 in 3 hours? Is it the guy who smashed his finger with a hammer earlier in the day and has a different attitude now? Or is it the guy who thinks this is the best piece of 2yr old horse flesh he’ll have the chance to ride, and is attentive to the process? My point being,the guy that shows up that day makes the decisions, and the outcome may vary based on this attitude. Now let’s look at our association. We have many members and individuals who represent the different aspects of cattle operations statewide. Decisions are made that effect our industry from top to bottom and are decided by agencies and individuals far from the mountains of north Idaho, the Owyhee desert, and the valleys of eastern Idaho. They are typically miles away from Idaho and are distant from our industry as well. We can make changes to this representation (politically) by voting. In the end, the decisions are made by those who show up, those who vote. I do not write this to suggest that we need ‘more’ or ‘different’ decisions at this time, but for the reminder that consistency and effective communication are key to quality decision making. Daily decisions must be made that affect

the Idaho Cattle Association, and for this our board and staff have guiding documents to help them ensure they are sending the message directed by our membership. In the March issue of Line Rider, I outlined the process to establish an ICA policy. Those decisions are made by those that show up, whether it be to membership meetings, to opportunities to interact with fellow producers, or make effort to connect with ICA staff/leadership and share their thoughts. Leadership, both within our association and at the state & federal capital buildings, will inevitably change from time to time. This is important for a healthy functioning system. The thing that will not change, regardless of the party affected, is that the decision will be made by those who come to the table. The representatives that serve our industry need input from our membership, plain and simple. This input can help to ensure that you have, indeed, shown up for the decision. As I type, I do not want you to get the impression that we all need to agree on every aspect or decision to be made within our industry. Everyday business decisions (think bull selection, culling, nutrition) are different from one operation to the next. Hell, at times they differ within the operation from one partner to the next. But, at the end of the day our association is working to show up on your behalf and help make decisions that will, in turn, benefit the cattle industry across the state of Idaho- just as you & other decision makers in your outfit do on a daily basis. Decisions faced by ICA leadership are not easy- however, they are well founded, thought out, and researched. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, feel free to tell the outlaw at the end of the road: We don’t need to all agree 100% of the time, and we may all agree only some

of the time, but those who choose to not show up truly have no influence. Ask those friends and neighbors to be members of the Idaho Cattle Association, ask them to get involved, ask them to strive for the positive change we need to continue the success of Idaho’s greatest industry: the cattle industry. Please ask anyone that owns any number of cattle to show up and help make the world a place where our next generation not only knows the importance of animal agriculture, but also the importance of being an active participant in the decisions that will be made in life. A great place to start will be when the polls open this month. Be engaged and make a decision; it does not have to match mine. We need the people from agriculture in Idaho (and across the nation) to serve our country and

industry. I think we can all agree that the agriculture community is the basis of civilization and currently we are being construed as the people killing the planet. This past spring I was featured in a radio interview, and the statement I opened with was “all good producers want to have green grass and clean water” - to date I have not gotten any objections or disputes on that. However, seemingly bolder statements such as ‘cattle are part of the solution to climate and environmental issues’ quickly draw fire from adversarial Americans. I need your help in sending the positive messages of our industry, and you can start right where are you are, all you have to do is show up and participate. It’s going to be a bumpy ride from time to time, but it will be worth it when we reach our goals.

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Regulatory activity continues, with some hope in the future for producers ICA continues to advocate for Idaho ranchers, but it's important to stay aware of judicial activities


omehow, in spite of the fact that Washington DC seems to be in a constant state of bickering and inaction, there remains movement— both backwards and forwards—on issues that have the potential to creep down and affect us, the lowly citizens and ranchers of Idaho. Here is a rundown of some of the current hot-button issues that have seen some recent action.


Late last year, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) which included approximately $1.2 trillion in spending, $550 billion of which is authorized spending on top of what Congress was planning to authorize regularly as part of its annual appropriations process. As a result of this massive increase in funding, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service will receive significant boosts in their budgets. The agencies are in the process of learning and determining how these funds will be directed, but they should be able to begin working on some long-deferred maintenance projects needed to maintain rangeland infrastructure and to enable permittees to utilize funds directed to ecosystem restoration. If you have a Forest Service or BLM grazing permit, talk to your local office to determine if funding is available to assist in projects on your allotments that would benefit and secure continued livestock grazing. The infrastructure bill places heavy emphasis on wildfire management and includes lan10 LINE RIDER APRIL/MAY 2022

BY KAREN WILLIAMS ICA Natural Resources Policy Director

guage that authorizes the BLM and Forest Service to create new categorical exclusions to establish fuel breaks to reduce the risk of wildfire. We will continue to promote the efficiency of utilizing livestock grazing in reducing fine fuel loads, as well as work to encourage the agencies to promote grazing as an important tool in this effort to reduce wildfire risk. In the realm of sage grouse, the comment period for the BLM’s scoping period to consider re-amending their sage grouse management plans closed in February. Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) submitted detailed comments on this proposal. The BLM is now in the process of determining to what extent the plans will be amended and whether it will be on a state by state, regional, or national basis. The Biden administration continues down its path of seeking regulatory change and conservation efforts in the name of climate change. Most recently, they have initiated a process to create an “Atlas” of conservation to determine lands eligible for conservation status under their “30x30” (or “America the Beautiful”) initiative. ICA submitted comments encouraging the administration to incorporate livestock grazing in the Atlas as a conservation tool that not only builds and supports healthy landscapes, but also sustains the surrounding communities and their economies. It has long been a priority for ICA to seek amendments to the BLM grazing regulations to make them less onerous and more user-friendly to both grazing permittees and those that administer the permits. That priority was nearly achieved during the Trump administration but the rule was, frustratingly, never finalized. With the change in administration, we all but gave up the dream on CONTINUED, PAGE 12

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The U.S. Supreme Court is nearing the end of its current session and there are currently two cases with the potential to impact our industry awaiting briefings. In Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the court could bring clarity to the federal government’s jurisdiction to make regulations under the Clean Water Act .

The regulatory jockeying of the EPA’s ever-changing definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) has been dizzying over the past decade. Dating back to 2011 (when the EPA issued the threatening WOTUS rule which would have increased federal jurisdiction of water and greatly impacted private property rights), the issue has bounced back and forth, depending on the political party in power. Within the space of just the past six years, including another rulemaking process currently underway, there has been five rule changes on this issue. The upcoming Supreme Court ruling will hopefully provide guidance to keep the issue more stable and prevent it from changing every time there is a new presidential administration in power. A primary concern on this issue is that the EPA should focus its federal jurisdiction on traditionally navigable wa-

ters and their tributaries rather than on the ill-intended efforts to expand federal authority over ephemeral and isolated water features. Another case sitting before the Supreme Court that could have bearing on our industry is West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. This case against EPA was brought by the state of West Virginia in complaint of EPA’s efforts to regulate the electrical grid system in the name of reducing carbon emissions. The outcome of this case will answer the question of whether or not EPA has the regulatory authority under the Clean Air Act to take any measure it deems helpful to reduce carbon emissions solely by administrative rulemaking. Because the cattle industry has been at the unwarranted crosshairs of the greenhouse gas emission debate, the pending decision on this case could impact

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EPA’s ability to regulate our industry in the name of carbon emissions and climate change. Meanwhile, in U.S. District Court, a couple of pertinent cases are awaiting further action. The sage grouse issue is currently mired in a tangle of appeals. In 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Winmill overturned the improvements to the BLM’s 2015 sage grouse management plan instituted that same year by the Trump administration. Several appeals were filed, including those by the state of Idaho and the Public Lands Council. Court action has stalled on this issue. Meanwhile the BLM and Forest Service continue to operate under the 2015 plan. There are various ongoing legal actions on the wolf issue. Of those, the most pertinent to Idaho is a lawsuit filed in December by activist organizations including the Humane Society of the

United States, Earthjustice, and International Wildlife Coexistence Network against the state law enacted by the Idaho legislature during its 2021 session. The lawsuit alleges that the new law violates that Endangered Species act because wolf trapping could harm the federal protected grizzly bear and lynx which share wolf habitat. Meanwhile, nationwide, a district judge in California recently vacated and overturned the lower 48 wolf delisting rule put in place under the Trump administration. The ruling, which does not have bearing on Idaho’s wolf population (as they are managed as a distinct population segment with Wyoming and Montana), is likely to be appealed to 9th circuit court.


There are a couple of great opportunities to participate in industry meetings that will focus on public lands grazing issues. At our annu-

al Summer Round-Up meeting to be held in Pocatello, we will host an Idaho Public Lands Council session on Tuesday, June 7 from 9:15 to 10:30 am, followed by a range tour that afternoon. The session will provide an opportunity to discuss current issues related to grazing on public lands. The national Public Lands Council will host its annual meeting in Cody, Wyoming on August 24-26. This is a great opportunity to get a better feel for the national level issues that have the potential to impact your operation and to learn what is being done to protect continued grazing use of public lands. ICA and Idaho Public Lands leadership will be attending. If you're interested in joining the ICA and Idaho Public Lands leadership in Cody, WY, please contact our office. More details on the event will be forthcoming, so be sure to watch for them in our future publications.

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The rundown on Idaho's 2nd regular session of the 66th Legislature What held water for agriculture and what didn't-


he West African proverb “speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far”, made in vogue by Theodore Roosevelt, seems to be a disremembered phrase by countless elected in this firebrand era of politics. To the contrary, as this publication hits mailboxes you will be inundated by countless electioneering and primary propaganda filled with ‘more hat than cattle’. The noise of it all makes no sense to most of this readership, who are doers not blowers. Likewise, with the Second Regular Session of the 66th Idaho Legislature now adjourned, it’s hard to know the quality of the work with the hullabaloo just as it’s harder to see the quality of the string with the leapies and spotted graft calves in the pen. Allow me to do some sorting, as the 2022 legislature produced for Idahoans in an historic fashion. Sine Die or to adjourn with no appointment to resume took place in both legislative bodies March 31st, completing the Second Regular Session of the 66th Idaho Legislature. All things considered it was a very smooth session this year, accurately historic by many accounts. The year started out with a historic boon of a $1.9 billion budget surplus enabling Idaho to make record investments in critical areas while cutting taxes at the same time. Perhaps the most critical success for Idaho agriculture was meeting Idaho’s much needed infrastructure needs with a $500 million investment in road and bridge repair, maintenance, and new construction. Likewise, $325 million was invested in water infrastructure and quality including a fund available to support investments in environmental projects on CAFOs. In his concluding remarks



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on session, Governor Little said it best remarking that “the steps we’re taking today to use our record budget surplus to pay off state building debt, start clearing out needed repairs in our infrastructure, and paying cash for big projects means we’ll save Idaho taxpayers tens of millions of dollars down the road.” The following breakdown includes the agriculturally pertinent legislature that came up during this session, as well as its outcome. These are the bills originating in both House & Senate that were signed into law: • House Bill 436, the storied tax relief bill, is the first bill to clear the legislative process of 2022. In short, the bill lowers income tax rates, lowers the corporate income tax retroactively, and returns approximately 12% of 2020 Idaho personal income tax to each taxpayer. All majority caucuses and the governor are raising the banner of credit and victory on this rare piece of political unity in the legislative landscape. • Stopping, inspection, exception S1267 clarified Idaho Transportation Department stopping and inspection authority at check stations (ports of entry, weigh stations, and temporary check stations) by exempting non-commercial vehicles under 26,000lbs. This law change would more accurately reflect current practice. ICA brought up concerns about the need to be able to stop all trailers in the event of animal disease outbreaks, ongoing theft investigations, and training or routine checks which was added in this legislation to better enable a state-owned inspection station to require all trailers to stop at stations when requested. • CAFO Improvement Fund H559 makes a fund available to support investments in environmental

projects on CAFOs to improve livestock byproduct, waste, nutrient and water management, its land application and storage systems. Currently, the Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP) Fund, I.C. 39-3628A, supports investments in farm and ranch projects that improve water quality standards in impaired water bodies in Idaho. Confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are not eligible for these projects because CAFOs do not directly discharge to water bodies. This legislation would make CAFO’s eligible for funds to improve their nutrient management and establish a board which awards grant for the fund that currently is proposed by the governor to be $5 million. H559 establishes a committee to review and award grants. The legislation also clearly outlines criteria for the committee to use while selecting recipients of the grants. • Stockwater H608 further clarified the procedure to be used by the

State of Idaho prior to an order declaring certain stockwater rights to be forfeited under I.C. Sec. 42-222 for failure to put the rights to beneficial use. H608 outlines the judicial process and provides a timeline to execute it under. These are the bills proposed during the session which did not see the full legislative process, with outcomes listed individually: • State lands, exchange S1251 defines responsibilities of the Land Board when contemplating land exchanges with the federal government, and it provides for continuation of existing land uses after exchanges as approved by the Land Board. Upon land exchanges and transfer from federal to state ground, this legislation would ultimately require a permit be issued by the state instead of a lease so that it is consistent with the federal grazing preference. It would, therefore, take said land

out of the state’s subsequent competitive bid process. ICA did not take a position on this legislation, primarily due to the question of whether the language is constitutional. Ultimately with lack of industry support the bill did not have a committee hearing. • Taylor Grazing Act S1252 attempts to define grazing preference rights to clarify that grazing preferences are compensable property rights. Additionally, require for compensation for any lost preference as a taking of real property if there is a sale, exchange, or otherwise disposed of and conveyed to the state of state grazing lease/land. S1252 provides more of an opinion piece that may not be able to accomplish its intent. However, S1252 could strengthen a plaintiff’s claim of takings because the state can define what constitutes a state property right. ICA did not take a position on this legislation primarily due to the question of legal

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requisite. Ultimately with lack of industry support the bill did not have a committee hearing. • Department of Lands Ombudsman H587 would have created a new Ombudsman position to the Idaho Department appointed by the governor to ensure new department hires have significant industry experience, provide instructions to appraisers, and select, hire, and oversee legal counsel and industry experts on behalf of the department. H587 died from a lack of hearing due to concerns. • Fences, Barbed Wire 1345 would have revised provisions for careless exposure of barbed wire fences, provisions regarding a property owner’s liability after receiving notice, and adjusts penalties. ICA leadership met with Idaho Grain Producers Association leadership and bill sponsor Senator Mark Harris to discuss positive steps in creating accountability for landowners and livestock owners as neighbors. The bill would have added the language of disrepair in the exposure to barbed wire section of code, require responsible party to repair within 7 days, and create a three-tiered penalty structure which consists of $150 and $300 infractions respectively before a misdemeanor violation. S1345 passed the Senate unanimously but was held in the House Agricultural Affairs Committee despite having the support of the Idaho Grain Producers Association, Idaho Farm Bureau, Idaho Cattle Association, Idaho Wool Growers Association, Food Producers of Idaho, Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Idaho Sheriffs Association, and every legislator who is actively involved in agriculture. Six House Agricultural Affairs Committee members voted to hold the bill in committee effectively killing the legislation for 2022. • Rural Veterinarian Loan Repayment Program S1344 creates the “Rural Veterinarian Loan Repayment Program.” Money allocated to 16 LINE RIDER APRIL/MAY 2022

the fund would pay education debts for veterinarians committing to provide care primarily to large animals in a rural area. Payments would be capped at $25,000 per year up to a maximum of $75,000 per qualified applicant. A fund and seven-member review board would be established. S1344 was held in the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee last week, today new version of the bill was printed. However, and new Rural Veterinarian Loan Repayment Program S1380 was reprinted with minimal changes clarifying review committees role and extending it an additional year of commitment. S1380 passed the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee and the Senate floor. The bill was ultimately voted on to be held in committee in the House Agricultural Affairs Committee. • Attorney General Lands Counsel S1372 would have changed the relationship of the Office of the Attorney General with the State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) and the Idaho Department of Lands. It allowed the Land Board and the Department of Lands to hire independent counsel in consultation with the Director of the Department of Lands. The independent counsel may hire additional attorneys or contract with the Office of the Attorney General. This legislation does not affect the Attorney General’s position on the Land Board and passed the Senate but ultimately did not receive a hearing in House State Affairs Committee, killing the bill for the year. • Legislature Adjournment 1239aa identified a "not to exceed" sine die date, it will help the Legislature to be more deliberative and timelier in doing the people’s business. Exceptions to address a gubernatorial veto and declared disaster and emergency events are provided for. In addition, with the passage of a concurrent resolution by both the Senate and the House the session can also be extended.

In layman’s terms the bill says that the legislative session will end on the last Friday of March unless it is voted by a 2/3rds majority to extend it. An argument can be made that this legislation is the most important bill for not only Idaho agriculture but the well-being of all of Idaho and its representation by a citizen legislature. The bill passed the full Senate but did not receive a hearing in the house. The Joint Finance and Appropriation Committee (JFAC), as always, was the most critical element of the legislature reviewing and producing a balanced budget for the legislature to vote on somewhere betwixt the Governors recommendation and the legislative bodies appetite. Key budgets for the cattle industry received even funding or enhancements including Office of Species Conservation, Idaho Department of Lands fire, and the Wolf Depredation Control Board. Likewise, a supplemental appropriation, which increased the spending authority of the State Board of Education to match Idaho Cattle Foundation funding recommendations was put into place to help provide for livestock education program grants for the state. Thanks to Governor Little’s stalwart leadership through unarguably one of the most trying periods to govern in Idaho, the legislature was able to achieve policy that serves Idahoans well despite the rhetoric instilled by loud speakers with small sticks. However, political par of late seems to be say whatever you want and say it the loudest for best results. As we turn our attention to the May 17th primary elections, it is upon all of us to do our part and help elect those who would rather have the results of their actions speak for them instead of, well, just speaking. As you wade through your political options this election cycle, I would encourage everyone to consider your candidates like you consider your cattle handling help. It seems to me like the loud ramrod is never as good on stock as the methodical, levelheaded hand.

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A brief history of the Idaho Cattle Foundation BY JAY SMITH

I visited with Judy Hinman, President of the Idaho Cattle Foundation, to learn more about the foundation's purpose, goals and future


s the immediate past president of the ICA, I am now a voting member of the ICA Foundation. When ICA staff asked me to write this, I was reluctant to agree. You see, I have been an active member (and involved leader) of this association for more than twenty years, but my knowledge of the Foundation was next to zero! I was feeling highly under qualified to do the task that was asked of me- then it dawned on me that I am probably not alone in simply knowing that the foundation exists, but lacking knowledge of its history and inner workings. With some help I put together a list of questions and I used those questions to interview early members and current leadership. The process was insightful and eye-opening to me and I hope it might be to you as well.

Foundations can have a nearly unlimited upside, so we never want to say that it’s 'good enough'. Could you please review the history of the foundation who, when and what changes have been made to the original formation? The foundation began in the early 2000s, by Darl Gleed, who was an ICA executive at the time. Darl spent a portion of his career with the National Boy 18 LINE RIDER APRIL/MAY 2022

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Scouts Foundation and he wanted to begin something similar that could add to the association in lean times, as well as invest in education or other opportunities in flush times. Early leadership consisted of Jim Little (Chairman), Dwayne Skaar and Morgan Evans. What is the mission statement for the foundation? Are you happy with the progress on that mission to date? The actual mission statement was not readily available, but it’s pretty well summed up in the answer to question number one. How are the investment decisions made for the foundation funds? Have you considered seeking investment advice from ICA members with talents in that area? Currently investment and financial decisions are made by the board, however further input especially pertaining to investment strategy would be welcomed by anyone. What is the connection between the estray livestock sale fund coming from the brand board and the foundation? Who conceived & implemented this? Are the actions taken with that money governed by the same rules for how funds are spent by the foundation? The unclaimed livestock fund is legislatively committed to education. The Idaho cattle foundation works to prioritize the funding requests and make recommendations for its annual expenditures. No money from this fund actually comes in or out of our bank accounts. Former state brand inspector Larry Hayhurst is credited with conceiving the concept that we currently operate under. However, this change took legislative action, so many

people were involved in creating the current format for dealing with these funds. There is a firewall between foundation funds and the unclaimed livestock fund, so there are different rules governing expenditures from the two different funds. Does the foundation have an overall strategy for: Foundation Investments Foundation donation recruitment Foundation expenditures Estray fund expenditures This question is where current foundation leadership requests input from membership and cattle producers across the state. Foundations can have a nearly unlimited upside, so we never want to say that it’s good enough and always encourage input to make it better.


If members have ideas/suggestions/ questions on the foundation, who should they contact? Cameron Mulrony or Judy Hinman. An expression here in ICA circles is that ‘what we do in good times affects how we survive in tough times.’ We expect a dramatic livestock price increase sometime sooner than later. Is the foundation board considering different plans for seeking donations in that event? Yes, this has been considered and talked about, but this is also an area the input from anyone and everyone would be appreciated. What would you like to see happen with the foundation in the future? Are there changes in the administration of the foundation that would help us get there? Darl’s original vision. Yes, anyone with foundation or financial investing knowledge would be encouraged to participate. The legacy of this foundation is already nearly 20 years old and it is the desire of current leader ship that it grows exponentially in the next 20 years.

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The Idaho Cattle Foundation makes recommendations for the award of funds from the Unclaimed Livestock Fund annually. The Unclaimed Livestock Fund consists of money generated from the sale of lost or stolen cattle and is used for public or higher education programs (or research) that advance the livestock industry, or agriculture in general. This article highlights a 2021 award recipient, the Idaho FFA Foundation.


griculture education and the FFA have been a part of Idaho’s secondary curriculum for over 80 years. One could say you’d be hard pressed to speak with a rural Idahoan who doesn’t have a story to tell about their time in FFA or what the program did to influence their path. The Idaho FFA Foundation was created as a vehicle to provide financial security and support to programs and activities of the FFA in Idaho. Today, the Idaho FFA Foundation provides support to 97 Idaho FFA chapters and over 5,400 members throughout the state, as well as over 17,000 agriculture education students. In case you’re not a former participant or familiar with the program, the Idaho FFA is a premier youth organization that prepares its members for leadership, as well as careers in the science,



business, and technology of agriculture. As a partner organization, the FFA Foundation offers financial support of FFA programs to members. This is done with the hope of expanding resources needed to cultivate leaders, build communities, and strengthen agriculture in Idaho for a long term and statewide effect. In the state of Idaho, programs such as the Idaho FFA Foundation are able to apply for grant funding to be awarded from the state’s Unclaimed Livestock Funds. These funds are generated from the sale of lost or stolen livestock and grants go to support advancement of the livestock industry (or agriculture in general) in our state. In the case of the Idaho FFA Foundation, the four primary areas of support bolstered by this financial commitment are: EMERGE Grants, SAE Project Grants, Career Development Events and Beef Production Proficiency Awards. The Idaho FFA Foundation uses funds awarded as grants, through which FFA

chapter Advisors across the state complete an application process each year. This is known as the EMERGE Grant Program. These grants provide FFA Advisors with additional resources, curriculum, and tools necessary for creating a successful classroom experience. This year the Idaho FFA Foundation was able to award $20,000 to 14 FFA Chapters in 6 Districts. The full list of chapters that were awarded in 2021, as well as their requested funds usage, are listed below:

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American Falls FFA - Haven Barn (to be used for hosting student SAE projects and animals for classroom courses)

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“We used the entire $1,000 to purchase supplies for the erection of the Haven Barn that will benefit students by allowing them to raise livestock on school property. This benefits our students that do not have the resources and space at home to raise an animal.

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Caldwell FFA - Species Signs for Fair Clearwater Valley FFA - 4-D Models & Dissection Kits Declo FFA - Realityworks Training Models

Highland FFA - Veterinary Assisting Certification Program Mackay FFA - Beef Preparation and Promotion Madison FFA (middle school) - Beef Cattle Dissection Equipment Madison FFA (high school) - Liquid nitrogen tank to teach Artificial Insemination (AI) “The funds granted by the Idaho Cattle Foundation has given the students handson opportunities to learn about AI. Anytime you can get students real life experiences it takes learning to the next level.” Pat Dixon

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Nez Perce FFA - AI Equipment "I took my Zoology class to an area ranchers place and we used the artificial insemination equipment that the Idaho

Cattle Foundation granted us through the EMERGE Grant. We artificially inseminated 15 head of cattle using the supplies and equipment. We wouldn’t of had the opportunity to AI the cattle and give the students that experience without the Idaho Cattle Foundation providing funding for the EMERGE grant." Kyle Stapleton Nez Perce Ag Advisor

Notus FFA - Promoting Beef Fitting & Showing Program "The resources provided by the Idaho Cattle Foundation via the Idaho FFA Foundation has changed the entire culture of our FFA Beef exhibitors. Our students greatly appreciate the opportunity to improve their fitting and showmanship skills. As a direct result of this grant we have increased the numbers of students involved in beef projects." Kevin Barker Notus FFA Ag Advisor

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Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Projects are integral to the FFA and individual development. This program gives students a hands-on experiential learning project in a specific focus area, providing them with valuable skills and experience necessary for success in that field. SAE possibilities are seemingly endless and entirely based on exploring passions and career interests through exploration of job opportunities, gaining work experience, and developing specialized skills. Supervised agricultural experience projects are available to all students and grants are awarded to help with project costs such as feed, vaccinations, show supplies, equipment, or other items that help further the student’s success with their projects. “In the past, I have always used my mom’s vaccines, and supplies for my cattle. With the $500.00 I want to put together a kit full of vaccines, vitamin supplements, an ear tagger, first aid supplies, antiseptic,

thermometer, syringes, needles, rope, Estrotect patches, ear tag pen, Therabloat, Quiet Wean tags, antibiotics, and a toolbox to put it all in. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity and for your support towards all youth in the cattle industry today, your support is greatly appreciated!” Jojo Osborn Genesee FFA Chapter

“With your generous donation, I look to buy a breeding project of my own so that I can start developing my own cattle herd and not have to rely on my brothers’ animals. This infusion of $500 means so much to me, I am super excited to be able to have the opportunity to become successful in growing and developing my SAE project of beef breeding. Your support that you have shown in my efforts is greatly appreciated. Thank you!” Allie Black Raft River FFA




As of December 31, 2021 in Idaho there were: 10,613 SAE Projects, 131,085 record book entries, 402,539 hours invested in SAE projects. This equated to $5,328,681 in earned SAE income with a direct investment of $1,950,767 for operations, which has an overall economic impact to Idaho of about $4,114,136. This component of FFA is the stepping stone to building the next generation of agricultural leaders in our state through practical, hands on experience. To date, with support of the Idaho Cattle Foundation, the Idaho FFA Foundation has supported 19 chapters with a total of $10,000 in SAE grant funding, as well as 20 individual FFA members, each student receiving a $500 grant. Additionally, the grant funding recommendation by the Idaho Cattle Foundation supports the Beef Production Proficiency Award, through a $100 award to each of the categories of entrepreneurship, ag placement and ag business. These students are recognized as the top production student in their respected SAE area for the state of Idaho. Students are recognized on stage annually during the Idaho FFA State Convention as well, which occurs on the CSI campus in Twin Falls, Idaho. The winners in 2021 were: Blake Black, Raft River FFA for Diversified Ag Production Kagen Knudsen, Raft River FFA for Beef Production Entrepreneurship Lane Wassmuth, Highland-Craigmont FFA for Beef Placement

“I have been working alongside my boss, learning about raising cattle and farm maintenance. This includes taking care of cows and calves, fence building, tractor, and equipment operation, cutting torch, irrigating, and all-around ranch hand skills. The knowledge I have gained from both FFA and Placement SAE has been very valuable to me and has helped me become even more excited about my future in the agriculture world. I am truly grateful for the generosity of the Idaho Cattle Foundation. Thank you for supporting myself and other students like me!” Cameron Losser Filer FFA 26


In part for the grant recommendation, the Idaho Cattle Foundation is also recognized as a sponsor of the Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE and the Livestock Evaluation CDE. Both competitions occur in Moscow during the Idaho FFA June Career Development Events (CDEs) on the University of Idaho campus. Participants in the Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE delve into the science of meat as a team and evaluate beef carcasses for quality and yield grade, identify various meat cuts and place carcasses, and identify wholesale and/or retail cuts. Participants are challenged to develop analytical skills, critical–thinking strategies and effective communication skills through this event. During the Livestock Evaluation CDE, students again work within teams- this time to rank breeding and market classes of beef, sheep and swine and give oral reasons to back up their decisions. Students participating in this event make accurate and logical observations of livestock, decide CONTINUED, PAGE 29

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on the desirable traits in marketing & breeding livestock, and also select & market livestock that will satisfy consumer demands, while providing increased economic returns to producers. The support received from the Idaho Cattle Foundation helps students compete at the state and national levels, as well as provides for an award to the high beef judging individual recognizing their competency and knowledge of the beef industry. As a recipient of Unclaimed Livestock Funds, the Idaho FFA Foundation was able to offer $43,000 of grant funding to the Idaho FFA so far. Through years of continued partnership, this relationship has helped bright, talented, and determined young people become the leaders that support agriculture in Idaho on a daily basis. Marcia Jedry CAE, Executive Director of the Idaho FFA Foundation says “The partnership between industry and education is the key to FFA student success and plays an important role in helping to shape the next generation of leadership in Idaho. We are so fortunate to have a diverse group of business leaders across our state believe in and support the FFA program.” Thanks to the help of Idaho Cattle Foundation, the Idaho FFA Foundation is able to continue its mission of growing the next generation of leaders who will change the world and Idaho!





Idaho Beef Council Invests In Finger Steak Innovation Work & Promotion


eef has long been a favored protein of consumers, and while a classic “steak and potato” dinner isn’t going anywhere (they’re loved for good reason), it’s important to consider what’s trending in the culinary world and what consumers are looking for to ensure that beef is best positioned to answer that need. The Idaho Beef Council set out to do just that earlier this year when it



embarked on an innovation project with Boulder-based food and beverage consulting agency, Sterling-Rice Group (SRG). The innovation was in creating inventive and exciting new applications of finger steaks as well as beef sushi. The project revealed the biggest opportunity for introducing underutilized cuts, adding exciting flavor profiles and new sauces is through introducing finger steaks to a wider audience. Finger

steaks may be unique to Idaho, but they have the potential to be a national sensation. So how do we make finger steaks even more accessible, appealing, and delicious? Through a collaborative effort, Idaho Beef Council and SRG came up with over 50 new finger steak concept ideas, 12 of which made it to the “final round”. The final 12 are currently being marketed to foodservice industry

als throughout Idaho and the greater Pacific Northwest Region.


● Develop new, exciting finger steak appetizers, entrees, and sides that prominently feature Idaho beef as the main flavor & component ● Concepts must utilize different beef cuts, from value-based to prime ● Focus on Idaho and Pacific Northwest operators, including independent and regional chains, gastropubs, fast-casual, midscale, and fine dining ● Secondarily, consider high-volume, non-commercial opportunities such as colleges & universities, sports stadiums, and large event venues ● Preparation methods should take into consideration current labor challenges and be scalable ● Introduce new culinary techniques such as innovative or unexpected breading/batter and flavor profiles that drive consumer appeal


Through a detailed review and scoring process, Idaho Beef Council board members and staff along with SRG selected the following final concepts, taking into consideration things like taste, beef volume, feasibility, overall appearance, and culinary trends.


● Bulgogi Finger Steaks ● Idaho Finger Steaks with Beer Cheese Sauce ● Finger Steak Poutine ● Always Cheesy in Philly ● Pub Finger Steaks ● Smokehouse Finger Steak Bites ● Nashville Hot Finger Steaks

ENTREES & HANDHELDS ● Philly Steak Finger Sandwich ● Turf & Surf Basket


● Barbacoa Finger Steaks ● Low Country Finger Steak Bowl ● Cattleman’s Burger


A multi-faceted foodservice marketing program is currently underway. The goal is to promote the new finger steak concept in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. The campaign includes a targeted social media campaign, inspirational landing pag-

es, downloadable recipe handouts, in-person workshops, and soon, prominent signage in the Boise airport with a QR code. Check out some of the examples included within this article and look for our finger steak ad in this issue of Line Rider!


Introducing new applications of finger steaks to foodservice operators and consumers is just the beginning. IDAHO CATTLE ASSOCIATION


Ultimately, by providing inspiration and positioning beef in a new way, we will see more beef on more menus, as well as beef appearing in new categories. This means creating new business and an increased demand for beef. Meeting consumers and operators where they are in their food journey will remain crucial for us. By proactively innovating and thinking outside the box, we can work to ensure that beef will always have prominent placement on menus. For more information on the finger steak innovation work and recipe inspiration, please visit or contact the Idaho Beef Council by email at



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hallenges and opportunities appear to be an apt description for 2022. Opportunities include strong calf prices and potential for income from other sources. Low soil moisture, a diminishing snowpack and rising cow costs are among the challenges. Just like all of you, I am hoping that our current water situation isn’t the new or more frequent paradigm. At UI Nancy M. Cummings REEC, we have been looking at long-term

options to become more flexible, more cost efficient and still fulfill our mission of research and education. Some of the factors considered can apply to any Western ranching operation, but each ranch is different and has different goals.


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numbers have hurt cash flow, but the question to ask is “Should we maintain lower cow numbers to match forage availability and look for other ways to increase income or take advantage of better water years?”. Calf prices for 2022 look pretty good, but cow costs are high. Cow costs have increased dramatically since 2004. The recent CattleFax Cow-Calf Survey reports cash cow cost for 2021at $631/cow in the West and $679 in the Northern Great Plains. For the last 10 years, the US beef cow herd has been between 30 million and 35 million cows (Figure 1). It doesn’t look like the cow herd will increase anytime soon. Demand for cropland is reducing available pastureland in the Midwest. Drought continues to pressure Western producers. Urban sprawl continues to challenge cattle production in the Southeast. So, this should support decent calf prices; however, recent reports of low corn planting intentions may limit gains in calf prices.

sire of the same breed. Crossbreeding with a terminal sire may increase weaning weights by 30 to 40 lbs. Adding Yearlings. Incorporating yearlings or stockers into a cow-calf operation can allow flexibility to take advantage of surplus forage in good years while maintaining a constant cow herd base. The cow herd numbers should match a conservative stocking rate with stockers increasing flexibility. Adding stockers to a reduced cow numbers strategy was estimated to increase ranch income by 14% (New Mexico data) compared to fluctuating cow numbers. Stockers could either be purchased or grazing leased to owners of stockers. Yearling/stocker cattle aren’t for everyone. They require some different management and may add risk. Thinking It Through. Considering a change to the structure of an operation needs to be approached carefully. Many factors go into decisions to reduce the cowherd or take on another enterprise. Impacts on cashflow, overall income and costs need to be considered. Working through budgets can help. https://www. Consultation with financial and other advisors can be an important method to provide more reflection on decisions.


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So, what are some options at the ranch level with a reduced cow numbers? Sell All Heifer Calves, Buy Replacements. There are pros and cons for an operation raising its own replacement heifers. One aspect that needs to be considered, especially when calf prices and feed prices are high, is the direct and opportunity cost to the operation. Direct costs include feed and labor needed to develop heifers. Opportunity cost includes lost income from sale of the feeder heifer as well as a delay in income from the heifer. From the time a heifer is weaned until she produces a marketable calf, an operation could have produced and marketed approximately 1.5 calves from purchased bred heifers. Feed needed for a developing replacement heifer would support about 3/4 of a cow/year. Iowa State University has developed a good decision tool on buying vs raising heifers. https://www.extension.iastate. edu/agdm/livestock/html/b1-73.html Use Terminal Bulls. Using terminal type bulls which excel in growth and carcass traits will add value to calves in increased weaning weight. Crossbreeding adds 18 to 21 lbs of weaning weight to calves. Similar gains may be realized with a terminal 34


Just a few years ago, hay could be purchased for the same price (or less) than it cost to raise it for many ranches, so operations were sized for the carrying capacity of the grazing land with additional hay purchased, if needed. That’s how we originally operated at NMCREEC which was very similar to ranches in our area of Idaho. When stock cow hay was $60/ton that penciled. About 2011, the hay market changed and appears to have reset to new averages (Figure 2). The new set point appears to be $100/ton even for grass hay and alfalfa even higher. So now the question asked, “Is hay cow feed or another income enterprise for the ranch?” That depends on many factors including machine costs, fuel, calf prices, hay prices, and distance to markets, but it is worth calculating. However, having the flexibility to consider this option may be important for the future of the ranch. Enterprise budgets are available through UI. https://www.uidaho. edu/cals/idaho-agbiz/crop-budgets


Usually when agricultural economists say risk management, we all think futures and options. That’s usually when I hit the exit. Although futures and options can be good methods for risk management, they require an excellent understanding of the products as well as available capital. However, livestock producers can take a page from the farmers risk management playbook. Forward pricing and crop insurance are good, basic tools that are easy to access. Forward Pricing. Many cow-calf producers in the West already use a form of forward pricing. The video auctions allow

Figure 2. Changes in hay prices 2001 to 2021

cattle to be sold in the summer for fall delivery. This is a little bit of the best of both worlds. The price for cattle and income is know well in advance of weaning, but price discovery is still by competitive bidding. In addition, the bid can be refused if desired. Other forms of forward pricing whether direct contracts with feedyards or other avenues should be considered. Pasture/Range Insurance and Livestock Risk Protection Insurance. Crop insurance is a staple for farms. US farmers insure 70% to 80% of the total acreage of the four major crops (corn,



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soybeans, wheat and cotton). Pasture, rangeland and forage (PRF) are the rancher’s crop that is used to produce beef. Since 2013, ranchers could purchase crop insurance for grazing lands. Like all insurance, all the pros and cons need to be considered. PRF insurance must be purchased by November 15 to insure the next growing year. Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) insurance can be purchased for both feeder and finishing cattle. Coverages can be purchased anytime, but they need to be for a period of 13 to 52 weeks. In oversimplified terms, this insurance provides some compensation for downside risk. For both PRF and LRP insurance, producers need to use an insurance agent to access the policies. Agents can be located through the following link. Here’s hoping that we get all the moisture we need. But as the old saying goes “Pray for rain, but plan for drought”. Considering a variety of management, marketing and risk management options may make operations more resilient.



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Idaho: Home of the Finger Steak Idaho Finger Steaks are Idaho’s signature dish. In fact, Idahoans often have a “favorite finger steak,” whether that’s from the diner down the street or a time-tested secret family recipe. If you’re not from Idaho, chances are you may have never even heard of finger steaks. Not to worry: this deliciously beefy dish is something you needn’t miss out on any longer. Traditionally, finger steaks are made by cutting whole muscle cuts of beef into finger-length strips, breading or battering it, frying until crispy, and then served with cocktail or fry sauce—but feel free to get creative with your flavors and sauces. Whether you’re visiting the great state of Idaho to try our finger steaks in person, or want to try cooking up finger steaks in your own kitchen, we’ve got inspiration for you.

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SUMMER ROUND-UP June 6-7, 2022 • Pocatello, Idaho Join us for Summer Round-Up this year in the ‘Gateway to the Northwest’, Pocatello, Idaho, from June 6-7. Summer Round-Up is the best place to be this summer for engaging in conversation with fellow producers, receiving updates on pertinent industry issues and hearing from experts on topics that directly relate to improving your operation. During Summer Round-Up, you will hear from NCBA, Idaho Beef Council and other agencies, as well as ICA leadership. Be sure to sign up for the annual Range Tour, which will take participants to view a targeted grazing project near Mink Creek as well as the Portneuf Wildlife Management Area. Those who desire time on the links can join us for the annual golf tournament, to be held at American Falls Public Course. We look forward to spending this time with our membership, so be sure to set this time aside to take in as much of the conference as possible! You can book room reservations at the host hotel, Red Lion Pocatello, before May 23 by calling 1-800-733-5466 and referencing the group for ‘Idaho Cattle Association’.

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SUMMER ROUND-UP June 6-7, 2022 • Pocatello, Idaho

REGISTRATION Registration must be received in the ICA office by


Reference group name “Idaho Cattle Association” to receive discounted rate.

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EMAIL: ____________________ PHONE: ________________





RED LION POCATELLO 1-800-733-5466

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RETURN PAYMENT AND FORM TO: IDAHO CATTLE ASSOCIATION P.O. BOX 15397, BOISE, ID 83715 OR email a copy of this form to

Please make checks payable to the Idaho Cattle Association




Idaho Cattle Industry Resource Guide

The Idaho Cattle Association Resource Guide contains contact information for ICA staff & leadership, State & Federal government agencies, elected officials & industry associations in an easy-tocarry, digest-sized guide to reference year-round!

What does it include? In addition to contact information for ICA leaders, agencies, elected officials, and industry associates, this guide also lists feedlot owners & operators, purebred producers and allied industry resources.

Who receives the guide? Thousands of cattle producers throughout the state, as well as agricultural offices & businesses. Participants at events throughout the year may also be able to pick up a Resource Guide.

What's the cost to me?

The listing is free for members! Non-members may be listed for a $50 fee.


Annual Resource Guide Listing To be listed in the '22-'23 Annual Resource Guide, fill out the form below and return via mail to the ICA Office or email to by June 1, 2022.

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Website: Choose a listing category (all that apply): Animal Health Bull Sales

Auctions Club Calves

Registered Cattle

Feed Manufacturing

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: Food Producers of Idaho Rick Waitley, Exec. Director PH: 208-888-0988 Email:

Ag All Star Legislators Named Forty legislators were named Ag All Stars by Food Producers of Idaho based upon their voting records on selected pieces of legislation in the 2022 Idaho Legislative Session. Food Producers of Idaho, representing over 45 different agriculture commodity and farm organizations in Idaho, annually honors legislators for their voting record on issues supported or opposed by the organization. According to Executive Director Rick Waitley, the first year a legislator is honored, the award is an Ag License plate that reads, “AL STR”. Each year after the initial award, a smaller plate with that year engraved on it is presented to each honoree. Ag All Star legislators are important to Idaho’s agriculture and natural resource industries. The award has been presented for the last twenty-three legislative sessions. Every bill that is identified as a tracked issue by the Food Producers organization may be a bill that will be used on the organization’s scorecard at the end of the session. The following were recognized as 2022 Food Producers of Idaho Ag All Stars: SENATORS: BLACKFOOT BOISE BOISE BURLEY CALDWELL COEUR D'ALENE EAGLE FRUITLAND GRANGEVILLE HUSTON IDAHO FALLS IDAHO FALLS

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TLR Corporation

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From Deer Valley Farm, TN; Edisto Pines, SC; Britt Angus, GA; Trowbridge Angus, NY; Austin Family Angus, CA and Lawson Farms and Tom Baker, VA CED: 11 BW: 1.2 WW: 90 YW: 169 MARB: .44 REA: .70 $B: 169 $C: 290

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