Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska annual convention October 23 |

Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska annual convention October 23

The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) have scheduled their fifth Annual Convention on Saturday, Oct. 23, in North Platte, NE, at the Quality Inn & Suites/Sandhills Convention Center. This year’s theme will be “Stewards of The Next Generation.”

ICON extends an invitation to spend a day with fellow ranchers and farmers as the organization discusses the future of agriculture and livestock production in Nebraska. The registration table opens at 8 a.m. All convention activities take place in the Convention Center, including the noon luncheon, which is included in the convention registration fee. The evening banquet will also be held at the Convention, but there will be an additional fee for the prime rib meal.

The morning session includes a Nebraska State Senators’ Panel. State Senators expected to attend are M.L. “Cap” Dierks; Tom Hansen; LeRoy Louden; Mark Christensen; Ken Schilz; and Abbie Cornett. The afternoon session will include a presentation from UNL Extension Educator Scott Cotton; Mike Cllicrate, speaking for R-CALF USA and the Organization of Competitive Markets; and a representative of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association.

A business meeting for all members who have paid their dues will precede a social hour and the evening banquet. In order to have a vote during the business meeting, ICON members must own cattle. The keynote speaker at this year’s banquet is Linda Grosskopf. She is the editor of the Western Ag Reporter and author of several ranching related books.

Registration fees for this year’s ICON convention is $50. If the 2011 yearly ICON dues of $50 are included with the registration, a discount of $10 can be taken off the convention fee. Additional guests accompanying a paid convention registration can register for $20. Evening banquet fees are extra for all registrations.

Registrations for overnight accommodations can be made by calling the Convention Center at 1-800-760-3333 or 1-308-532-9090.

A silent auction will be conducted during the day-long event as an additional fundraiser for ICON and the Jim Hanna Memorial Scholarship.

For more information, contact Destry Brown, Executive Director of ICON at 308-458-2244 or Linda Wuebben, ICON Communications Director, 402-357-3778, e-mail ICON at or visit the ICON Web site,