Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin

 

Eric Nelson - hat - aug 08

I am a 56-year-old cattle feeder from Moville, Iowa which is near Sioux City in northwest Iowa. I, along with my wife and family operate two feedlots, a cow-calf operation, raise crops and operate a commercial farm seed business.

I grew up in Cherokee County, Iowa near Marcus where we still operate the feedlot my great-grandfather bought in 1920. I am the fourth, my sons Mark and John, and grandson Roy are the fifth & sixth generations in this operation. I graduated from Iowa State University in 1984 and Carol, a Nebraska native, and I were married in 1989. Since then we’ve been blessed with 5 children and one grandson.

We feed out our own raised cattle and purchase feeders, mainly from western sources. I’ve been an R-CALF USA member since 2001, served on the R-CALF board from 2006-2009.  In 2006, I and a hand full of concerned cattlemen helped start Independent Cattlemen of Iowa, formed to lobby on issues important to the Iowa cattle industry.

R-CALF is steadfast on its work on COOL and is diligently working on competition. Without COOL and without additional competition in the beef packing industry, as feeders our ability to squeeze out a margin becomes tougher and tougher. A vibrant cattle industry is vital to all of agriculture and to the entire nation. I would be honored to serve as R-CALF USA Region VII Director and if elected vow to work diligently on these and other important R-CALF issues.