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WR What’s a great memory that sticks with you? BOD Every year at our convention different legislators and government offi cials come to do a panel. And several times we’ve had some young senators who are amazed how intelligent cowboys are! You’re darn right those cowboys are pretty sharp. One junior senator in particular was digging himself quite the hole, so an older senator grabbed the mic away from him before he could get hurt. We defi nitely all got a good laugh out of it. WR What is one thing you defi nitely want to accomplish as a board? BOD Nebraska has the second highest real estate tax in the country, second only to New Hampshire. According to UNL research, the average ranch or farm pays $22,000 a year in real estate taxes. This is a huge issue for all of us, because it’s a tough business to make a living in as it is. We fully believe that education needs to be funded, but not on the backs of our hardworking agriculture folks through taxes. WR What would you say to a Nebraska beef producer thinking about joining ICON? BOD We want to see our kids and grandkids succeed and be in the cattle business. We have to have a voice in the legislature, and ICON is the only voice the cow/calf guy has. We’re in this together; we are here for the independent guy. WR encourages beef producers to have a voice by being active and involved in an association that aligns with your needs and ideals. (ABOVE) From left, ICON Directors Chris Abbott, Tom Ramm and Roland Paddock at an ICON annual meeting in Brewster. (RIGHT) ICON Director Rod Gray on right, talking with ICON member Walt Rhoads at a past ICON annual meeting in Uncle Buck’s in Brewster. Jim Hanna was instrumental in the very early years of ICON, using his great organizational and leadership skills to guide the young ICON Board members, keeping them active and aware of vital agricultural issues. Hanna died too young from cancer. Jim’s passion and commitment to the cow-calf producer was immeasurable and his loss was keenly felt by farm and ranch families across the state. Former State Senator and ICON Director Al Davis and wife Dottie keep ICON a strong Ag organization. MARCH 2018 I WORKING RANCH I 67


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