Driftless Region Beef Conference 2024 is set for Jan. 25-26

Beef producers from three states invited to attend


Driftless Region Beef Conference banner.

The Driftless Region Beef Conference
will be held January 25-26, 2024.

DUBUQUE, Iowa – With nearly 2.5 million cattle in three Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference. The twelfth annual event will be held Thursday and Friday, Jan. 25-26, 2024, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

The driftless region in these states contain rolling hills, streams and karst soil topography. Since soil and water conservation is best accomplished when much of this land is seeded for forage and livestock consumes those forages, the conference will focus on efficient and economic forage and beef production.

The conference will begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 25 with a program concentrating on the future of the beef industry. Keynote speaker is Dr. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson from Colorado State University. She's well known for her work in sustainability of beef with National Cattlemen's Beef Association and JBS USA, and is the director of AgNext, a center for research in animal and ecosystem health, and profitability throughout the supply chain. She'll discuss the environmental impact of cattle and future concerns to consider.

The afternoon session includes presentations on climate trends, risk management, biosecurity lessons, AgriAbility and the beef checkoff. An evening discussion on custom forage harvesting will feature a producer panel.

The Friday morning session will feature Jerry Huth from Huth Polled Herefords, the 2022 NCBA regional Environmental Stewardship Award winner, eight breakout sessions for feedlot operations and cow-calf producers, and a market outlook.

Other conference speakers include Melanie Pimentel-Concepcion, Dennis Hancock, Dan Shike, Randie Culbertson, Stephanie Hansen, and Lee Schulz.

The early registration fee is $100 per person and must be received prior to midnight, Jan. 13. The price increases to $130 after that date. More information on topics, speakers and lodging, as well as links to online and mail registration forms are available at www.aep.iastate.edu/beef/.


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 www.iowabeefcenter.org.

Denise Schwab, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 319-721-9624, dschwab@iastate.edu


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