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Media Contact: Terry Rothwell, ; 308-458-2758

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 18, 2007


ICON To Hold 2nd Annual Convention

Hyannis, NE – The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) will be holding their 2nd annual Convention and membership meeting on Jun 8 - 9 in North Platte, Nebraska.

The Sandhill's Convention Center, Quality Inn & Suites, is the site chosen for the event.

Activities will start at noon on Friday with registration and opening session followed by committee meetings from 1:00 until 4:30 (all times central). Speakers will address issues on property rights, land acquisition, animal identification, marketing issues, Checkoff survey and reform, education, Class 1's and tax relief legislation.

The Paragon Foundation will be represented, as well as Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) with Pam Potthoff, Trenton.

Senator Cap Dierks, Ewing and Jim Hanna, Brownlee will be speaking on Class 1's, Agriculture legislation and Checkoff reform.

R-CALF USA past Region III director, Herman Shumacher and present director, Johnny Smith, Ft. Pierre, South Dakota, will be present to speak during the day's General Session, prior to social hour and the Banquet.

David Domina, Domina Law, Omaha, is returning by request, as the Guest speaker following the banquet. Domina was the lead attorney in the historic Pickett vs. IBP/Tyson lawsuit and continues to practice Trial Law across the country.

The evenings entertainment will be provided by Coyotee Moon, an old time country band that has performed in Branson, Missouri and favors greats such as Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins and Gene Autry.

Saturday, June 9th, the registration desk will be open from 7:30 until noon. There will be two General Sessions in the morning, 8:00 and 10:00, with lunch winding up the convention.

Brad Bellinger, Austrailian Beef Association, will be sharing his country's experience with a national animal identification system.

Dr. Bob Taylor, Auburn University, also will be presenting information on Livestock Competition and Economics, as defined by the Packers & Stockyards Act of 1921.

Special guests attending the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska Convention and Membership meeting and speaking on issues in Washington D.C. and Lincoln are John Berge for Senator Ben Nelson, Mary Crawford representing Congressman Adrian Smith and State Senators Cap Dierks, Tom Hanson, Leroy Louden and Mark Christensen.

The Annual Business Meeting of the group will begin at 1:30 and conclude upon the completion of business. The Agenda for the meeting can be obtained by calling the office of the organization.

Registration fees are, $45 members and $50 non-members until June 1st at which time the cost will increase by an additional $5, for the 2 day event. Friday's banquet tickets will cost $20 each for a sit down Prime Rib dinner served at 7:00 p.m. CT.

For further information or assistance call:

Mary Mulligan at 402-967-3464


Terry Rothwell at 308-458-2758.




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