Nebraska ICOW convention held Nov. 12-13
Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming (ICOW) members traveled to Casper, WY, despite bad roads and weather, to hear Earl Taylor’s “5000 Year Leap” presentation on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. Sixty people filled the convention room to capacity at the Parkway Plaza to learn about the U.S. Constitution and the Founders of our nation.
Maxine Korman, a renowned Property Rights Advocate, explained land titles, patents and vested rights, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 to about 50 ICOW members and their guests. Getting informed is the best protection of property rights. Her talk led the members to pass policy and form a special Property Rights/Land Patents committee, chaired by Terry Henderson of Douglas, WY, to help members begin the process of understanding how to obtain better land titles and patents, and what their vested rights are.
Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF USA, expounded on the broken cattle market and the importance of the GIPSA rules as a step in restoring competition in the market, in making the market open and transparent and dissolving sweetheart deals to favored large feeders and other unfair procurement practices.
Bill Bensel, Ag Staff for Powder River Basin Resource Council, explained the resources they have to help landowners to defend their property, the work on in-situ uranium mining in Crook County, and he urged comments to the USDA-GIPSA be sent before the deadline.
Cassandra Lancaster and Sheri Steinmetz presented information on Agenda 21 and development of communities such as Smart Growth, The Wyoming We Want, Vision, High Plains Initiative, and county zoning laws.
Resolutions favoring the GIPSA Rules, the publishing of the rules for interstate shipment of state inspected beef, alerting citizens to dangers of Smart Growth, Quality Food Initiative, Local Food; and supporting low, reasonable tax in wind energy were passed by the ICOW members. Resolutions against the proposed bill to add another mandatory checkoff dollar and the pet protection bills, also passed. All passed resolutions will be voted on by the entire ICOW membership by mail in ballots.
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