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President’s Address

published: May 27th 2022
by: Brad Cotton
source: ICA Of Texas

Howdy friends,
    Somebody told me we are still in the spring season but it feels plenty hot and dry to me with not much sign of any relief. The month of May has been extremely busy for us here on the ranch as well as with the association. The lack of rain has sure increased our workload as we work to take care of these Brangus cows. The Independent Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) schedule is packed full. We concluded our state board meeting recently with a great turnout and lots of business was handled. It was a great atmosphere to be a part of. By the time this article goes to print, our East Texas chapter will have had their first meeting in a while. I look forward to being there and meeting some new faces. Our Victoria chapter will meet next week to handle their election of officers. I understand there is quite a bit of momentum building in that chapter. Cooper Little, our executive director, has established a working relationship with the ag department. at Alamo Community College. I will be attending a function of theirs this coming week also at Palo Alto College.
    Little and I have booked flights and hotels for our trip to Washington D.C. on June 11th for the United States Cattlemen’s Association fly-in. I am looking forward to this trip and the opportunity to meet cattle ranchers from around this great nation, as well as the opportunity to voice Texas cattle ranchers concerns to some of our elected officials. With the ever rising cost of inputs our business faces on ALL fronts it is more important than ever to fight for representation from our elected officials. Land, fertilizer, equipment, fuel, materials and supplies and property taxes continue to move sharply upward making it even tougher to sustain the business we love. While this burden affects business of all kinds, ours is one of the few who can’t just raise the price of the end product to offset these costs.
    Lastly, I’ll mention that the ICA state convention is right around the corner. This year looks to be great so please make plans to attend. Speakers, entertainment, vendors are all booked and we are in the homestretch. Our booth spaces are completely filled this year, so let’s show these folks some appreciation and turn out in big numbers.
    Drawdown tickets for the Can Am 900 defender are available at the office and will be available at the convention, also. If you have priced one of these UTVs lately you will see this is a great opportunity and for a good cause. I am excited about this next month and look forward to seeing old and new friends in San Marcos as my tenure as state president comes to an end. In closing, I would encourage each of you to stay safe and pray for rain.

ICA

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