Three-State Beef Conference set for Jan. 14-16

Monday, December 23, 2013

Area beef producers should make plans to attend the first annual Three-State Beef Conference to be held Jan. 14-16 with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

Topics and speakers for the conference are as follows: "Cover crops for grazing," Dr. Rob Kallenbach, forage specialist, University of Missouri Extension; "Drylotting and cow management," Dr. Rick Rasby, extension beef specialist, University of Nebraska; "Pasture rental: Balancing economics and relationships," local agriculture business extension specialists.

The first session of the conference will be held in Creston, Iowa at Southwestern Community College on Tuesday, Jan. 14, with registration at 5:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 6 p.m.

The Missouri session will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Albany at the MU Hundley-Whaley Learning Discovery Center. It also begins with registration at 5:30 p.m. and the program following at 6 p.m.

On Jan. 16, there will be two different sessions held in Nebraska. The first session will be held at the UNL Ag Research and Development Center (ARDC) in Ithaca, Neb. Registration for the Ithaca location will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at 11 a.m. Later that day, an evening session will be held at the Gage County UNL Extension Center in Beatrice, Neb. with registration at 5:30 p.m. and the program to follow at 6 p.m.

The Three-State Beef Conference, formerly the Four-State Beef Conference, is designed to give beef cattle producers and others in the beef industry in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska a regular update on current cow-calf and stocker topics. The conference provides a forum of specialists from three of the United States' leading beef cattle land grant universities as well as other industry experts.

Attendees are encouraged to pre-register by Friday, Jan. 10. The registration fee is $20 per person and it includes a meal and copy of the conference proceedings.

If you need accommodations because of a disability, have emergency medical information to share or need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please notify by Dec. 31.

For more information, contact a local university extension office or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/feci/3StBeef/.