The Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, which in recent years has been held in December in Des Moines, is being replaced by regional “Beef Meets” in 2016—held in late June.
“For the past several years, the annual Iowa Cattle Industry Convention has offered cattlemen in Iowa a chance to learn about the latest advancements in the cattle industry, to develop policy for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and to network with other producers,” notes Katie Olthoff, communications director for the ICA. “This year, in an effort to provide those opportunities to more cattle producers across the state, the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention has been transformed into regional “Beef Meets.” We are taking our annual convention out in the country, by holding four of these meetings at four locations, which will be closer to producers.”
The Beef Meets will take the education, policy-development, tradeshow and networking outside of the Des Moines area and into the four quadrants of Iowa. Centrally located in each quarter of Iowa, the Beef Meets will be held in Spencer, Independence, Atlantic and Riverside, making it easier for cattle producers from all areas of the state to attend the events, she explains.
The 2016 regional “Beef Meets” will be held in late June
This year’s Beef Meets, to be held in late June, will include educational sessions aimed at increasing profitability in the current ag economy. Sessions on replacement cow and heifer selection, finances, efficiency and labor will help producers improve their farm management and their bottom line.
Eldon McAfee, attorney at Brick Gentry law firm in Des Moines, will be the keynote speaker, focusing on the legal climate in Iowa and how it affects agriculture. From the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit to nuisance lawsuits and attorney general referrals, cattle producers need to be up to speed on the legal threats to their livelihoods.
Policy development discussion is also an important part
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association develops its policies and priorities based on the input of its 10,000 members across the state. Each Beef Meet will include a session where cattlemen can voice their opinion and share their concerns. Feedback received during these sessions will help guide the association for the next year.
Cattlemen will also have an opportunity to hear more about the proposed state beef checkoff during a question and answer session with Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council leaders.
Tradeshow & networking feature new products, services, ideas
A tradeshow will be held at all four events and the day’s schedule will allow for plenty of time to check out the products and visit with the vendors. The day will end with a fun social, complete with some tasty beef to cap off the day.
Why should you attend? Everyone in the cattle industry can attend, you don’t have to be a member of ICA. However, you can sign up and become a member when you attend. The Beef Meet events will provide education for every sector of the industry, a chance to get to know other cattlemen and industry partners, plus there’s also fun and good food.
What’s the cost? To attend a Beef Meet only costs $25 for ICA members and $50 for non-members. Membership is $75 annually and may be paid at any time. Students are free. Prices go up $10 after June 13, so register now at iacattlement.org.
When and where? “We will still have an ICA annual meeting in December with policy development and leadership discussions, but with no tradeshow or general education sessions,” says Olthoff. “Instead, we are having the four regional Beef Meets which will feature the tradeshow, general educational sessions and policy discussion.”
•Clay County Regional Events Center, Spencer, IA, on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with social following
•Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence, IA, on Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with social following
•Cass County Community Center, Atlantic, IA, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with social following
•Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Riverside, IA, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with social following
For more details on these events, visit iacattlemen.org.