Do you have a hard-to-buy-for farmer in your life? A unique holiday gift is registration to the Driftless Region Beef Conference. What could be better than the gift of education? The conference for beef producers from four states will be held Feb. 4-5, 2016, at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
The focus of the fourth-annual conference is efficient and economic beef and forage production in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Thursday afternoon program, which begins at 1 p.m., will concentrate on animal health and handling. An evening discussion will explore innovative practices being used by beef producers. The Friday morning agenda features six breakout sessions for feedlot operations and cow-calf producers. It ends at 11:45 a.m.
Key speakers include Jan Shearer, Patrick Gunn and Erika Lundy, Iowa State University; Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University; Allison Meyer, University of Missouri; Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University; David Kammel, Dan Undersander, Dan Schaefer and Bill Halfman, University of Wisconsin; Nicole Rambo, University of Minnesota; and Jim Lowe, University of Illinois.
The early registration fee is $85 per person and must be received prior to midnight, Jan. 22. The price increases to $115 after that date. More information on topics, speakers and lodging is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/beef/. Registration with links for online and mail forms are available on the conference website.
The Driftless Region Beef Conference is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension, and University of Wisconsin Extension. For more information or to receive a brochure, contact Denise Schwab, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, 319-721-9624.