Participants at the upcoming 36th annual Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas (ICA) convention Wednesday through Friday, June 9-11, will be treated to hands-on, practical information they can use now with their herd, and estate planning advice that can keep the ranch in the family for generations to come. This year, the convention will be held at the Hilton Hotel in College Station, where the ICA has tapped a number of Texas A&M University and industry experts to present topics, including “Assisting with Difficult Calving,” and updates on pesticide application laws, animal health regulations, and reports on market conditions.

“This year’s convention theme is ‘Timely Topics, Tough Issues,’ and ICA welcomes all current, new and prospective ICA members to all events,” said Bill Hyman, ICA executive director. “If you can’t make it to entire meeting, come for a day of programs. We’ve worked to make registration affordable and easy, so ranchers can earn Beef Quality Assurance and private applicator credits. Ranchers can select the days and events that fit their interests and schedule.”

“As always, we'll have a great trade show, auction, and awards luncheon and we've scheduled plenty of time for a golf tournament, socializing and relaxing, the key components to our great conventions,” said Bill Hyman, ICA executive director. “Wednesday evening we are honored to include a visit with Texas Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples. Our meetings are a great place to learn about the latest trends in the cattle industry, stay up to date on legislative changes that affect agriculture, and have opportunities to visit with new and old friends, savor delicious meals and enjoy great entertainment.”

The ICA will offer a Beef Cattle Bonus Program Wednesday, June 9, with sessions focusing on beef cattle nutrition, beef processing plant information, and getting the most from value-added cuts. On Thursday morning, the ever-popular Dr. Don Renchie, coordinator of Texas A&M University’s Pesticide Safety Education Training Program, will entertain while informing attendees on the latest pesticide application regulations. Gene Stallings, former Texas A&M University football coach, will inspire attendees with his keynote address Thursday afternoon. Updates from the Texas Beef Council and Texas Animal Health Commission also will be featured, and reports on the cattle market outlook and USDA’s Farm Service Agency will wrap up the business day. Friday morning will open with Texas A&M University’s Dr. Wayne Hayenga’s estate planning session, followed by reports from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, United States Cattlemen’s Association and the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Opportunities to “eat and greet” and entertainment are interspersed throughout the convention. On Wednesday, the Family Fun Night includes dinner, games and a barbershop quartet. A ladies’ tour of Royalty Pecan Farms and luncheon is on tap for Wednesday, June 10. Agribusiness awards will be presented at the Thursday evening dinner, followed by an auction and a drawdown for great prizes. The Headliners’ Luncheon on Friday will include a formal presentation of awards.

The convention schedule, registration forms and trade show information are posted on the References and Forms page on the ICA web site at http://icatexas.com/. Information and registration forms also are available by fax, mail or email by calling the ICA office in Lockhart at 512-620-0162.