The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) are making plans for the groups eighth annual convention.
ICON advocates for the interests of cattle ranchers.
This convention will be held in O’Neill on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the O’Neill Community Center.
The day will start with registration at 8 a.m. and a panel of state senators will speak 9 a.m., featuring Sen. Al Davis (an ICON board member) along with Sens. Mark Christensen, Jerry Johnson and Ken Schilz.
The ICON membership is always intrigued by visiting with the senators in a one-to-one situation, ICON spokeswoman Linda Wuebben said.
The senator panel will continue until 11:45 a.m., when ICON members will break for dinner. A catered noon luncheon will be served at the community center.
The afternoon session includes a presentation by Sheriff Richard Mach of Arizona who will talk about state's rights, and a discussion about country of origin labeling with Bill Bullard, the executive director of R-CALF (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund) USA.
The ICON business meeting will be the last agenda item and during that meeting, resolutions will be discussed for the upcoming year.
This past year, ICON has supported cattle brands as a form of animal identification and disease traceability. ICON supports a bill to make Nebraska a state-wide brand area.
ICON will again host a prime rib banquet at the end of the day, followed by entertainer and hypnotist Rick Bultez.
A social hour and auction for the Jim Hanna Memorial Scholarship will precede a Prime Rib evening banquet. Members are encouraged to participate in a silent auction for the Hanna Memorial Scholarship. A live auction also helps raise money for ICON expenses.
Pre-registration for the evening banquet is required for a meal count, so early reservation is requested.
The day’s activities are open to the public for a convention registration fee of $50. The charge for only the evening banquet is $25 and must be reserved before Oct. 30. The hypnotist event is $10 at the door for non-convention participants.
Everyone is welcome, Luebben said.
Rooms are set aside at the Super 8 motel in O’Neill by calling 1-888-946-3379.
Convention information and registration forms will be available in the October issue of the ICON publication, Rancher’s Review, and online at http://www.independentcattlemen.com.