The Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) is the official voice for all segments of the beef business in Idaho - seedstock breeders, commercial operators and cattle feeders. It is the grassroots policy development organization for Idaho's leading agricultural industry, cattle. Through the ICA, cattlemen and women work to create a positive business environment, while providing consumers with a safe and wholesome product
This non-profit trade association was officially formed in 1983, through a merger of the Idaho Cattlemen's Association (originally founded in 1915 as the Idaho Cattle & Horse Growers Association) and the Idaho Cattle Feeders Association (founded 1963). In 1998, ICA and the Idaho CattleWomen, Inc. merged. Although ICA is comprised of less than 800 members, we represent the interests of more 9,000 cattle producers who hail from across the state.
ICA is one of many state-national partners with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA). Together, ICA and NCBA provide those services that cattle producers and feeders cannot perform as individuals. Our principal services are government affairs, public information, issues management and member education.
ICA and NCBA perform three basic functions:
The ICA office is in Boise. The NCBA headquarters are in Denver with a government affairs office in Washington, D.C. Association programs are carried out by specialists in administration and management, government affairs, ag economics, communications, public relations, cattle production and marketing. The only way from your House to the Statehouse to the White House is through ICA and NCBA.
All ICA and NCBA programs are financed by dues from individual members and allied industry members.
Our MissionThe mission of the Idaho Cattle Association is to coordinate and advance the economic well being of the Idaho Beef Industry through innovative and effective political, educational, and marketing programs accepted and supported by all industry segments, partners, and coalitions.