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Cattlemen Gather in Beaumont

story by Beverly Moseley

Kevin Isom, NRCS district conservationist, visits with a producer at the NRCS booth.The Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas 40th Annual Convention and Trade Show was held recently in Beaumont. This year's theme was Boots, Buckles & the Bayou and was the first time in a few years that the annual event was held in southeast, Texas.

"Programs like the ICA annual convention allow NRCS the opportunity to hear what is affecting beef producers throughout the state," said Kevin Isom, district conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Jasper.

The NRCS participated in the trade show along with numerous vendors ranging from agrichemical and fencing companies to feed and forage businesses. Ranchers welcomed the opportunity the trade show provided to visit one-on-one with industry experts.

Each year, the convention offers a strong line-up of session speakers covering topics such as beef cattle health and nutrition, parasite control, the Beef Checkoff program and exploring laws impacting eminent domain.

Jason Hohlt, NRCS rangeland management specialist, spoke during a session at the ICA conference.Jason Hohlt, NRCS rangeland management specialist in Bryan, spoke to attendees about technical and financial assistance availability. This offered an opportunity for Hohlt to share information about NRCS, conservation planning, soil health, rotational grazing, and Farm Bill financial assistance programs.

Isom said: "It is always a great opportunity to work with the cattle ranchers in southeast Texas. I enjoy hearing what challenges ranchers face today and how NRCS can help them through our technical assistance and conservation programs."

For more information on NRCS or the Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas visit www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov or www.icatexas.com.