The Idaho Cattle Association’s annual convention and trade show will offer a host of cowboy-centric discussions, from politics and regulations to financial management and marketing opportunities.

The convention is set for Nov. 12 through 14 at the Sun Valley Resort.

The trade show begins at 10 a.m. Monday, and the convention kicks off at 1 p.m. with a presentation by Bruce Vincent, a third-generation logger from Libby, Mont.

Vincent will share the timber industry’s experience with anti-timber activism and how it spent enormous resources and wasted years of opportunity by not leading the charge to implement its own vision of forestry in the U.S. His message is how the cattle industry can avoid the same pitfalls.

His presentation will be followed by breakout sessions on public lands, environmental policy, the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission and Quick Books.

This year’s Cattlemen’s College will include management strategies for a strong financial future with Northwest Farm Credit Services and improving the value of marketable products through management with Zoetis.

A trade show dinner and auction will follow.

Tuesday will commence with breakfast updates from the Idaho Brand Department and Idaho State Department of Agriculture followed by feeder and cow-calf/breeder council sessions.

Celia Gould, ISDA director, will take the stage to talk about state programs to promote the beef industry and Idaho agriculture, and the Idaho Beef Council will update cattle producers on checkoff programs during lunch.

The convention will also include discussions on ICA policy with a vote on resolutions to follow.

The day will wind down with a national policy update and president’s banquet.

The closing session on Wednesday morning will focus on meat quality with professors from the University of Idaho.

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