BIF2021 Registration Open

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Registration is now open.

DES MOINES, Iowa – For the first time in two years, the Beef Improvement Federation’s annual meeting and research symposium will be held in person. Dan Loy, Iowa Beef Center director and Iowa State University extension beef specialist, said ISU faculty and staff are excited to host this year’s event, set for June 22-25 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

“We’ve been working for nearly two years on the program, speakers, tours and logistics of this great event,” he said. “Especially because COVID forced the in-person aspect to be withdrawn in 2020, we know people are ready to gather for timely and useful information from experts and to learn about the Iowa beef industry through tours.

The symposium features two and a half days of educational programming and a full day of tours, with a special young producer symposium during the first afternoon.

General sessions are set for Wednesday and Thursday mornings, and panel discussions on a variety of beef production and genetic improvement topics begin late each morning and continue through those afternoons.

Following the second full day’s sessions, attendees will attend an evening social and dinner at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center on the ISU campus in Ames.

“We’re looking forward to hosting the group and showing them the facility,” Loy said. “It will be a great ending to the day’s events.”

Registration is open and hotel information is now available on the symposium website.

  • Early registration (May 14 deadline) is $345; $125 for students
  • Full registration (May 15 and after) is $395; $145 for students
  • Tours: $45, East Tour capacity is 52; West Tour capacity is 40.



The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Dan Loy, IBC director and Iowa State extension beef specialist, 515-294-1058,

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center, 515-294-4496,

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