Do you have a hard-to-buy-for farmer in your life? Here's a great suggestion for a Christmas gift—registration to the Driftless Beef Conference! What could be better than the gift of education? The second annual 4-state Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held on Jan. 30-31, 2014 at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
The program will begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 30 and run through 11:45 a.m. on Jan.31. Key speakers include: Jerry Hatfield, Garland Dahlke, Patrick Gunn and Lee Schultz from Iowa State University; Amber Radatz, Rhonda Gildersleeve and Brian Holmes from University of Wisconsin; Eric Mousel and Nicole Rambo from University of Minnesota; and Travis Meteer from the University of Illinois and Galen Erickson from the University of Nebraska
Thursday's afternoon program will focus on the competitive advantage of grain and beef production systems, with Mike Pearson from Market-to-Market as the emcee. The evening includes Jamey Kohake from Paragon Investments talking about our competition in the world marketplace. That presentation will be followed by a farmer panel discussion focused on extending the grazing season with cover crops and annuals. Friday morning's program includes three breakout sessions for feedlot operations and three for cow herds.
Register for this conference as soon as possible and save money on reduced fee
Registration for the conference is $80 before January 15 or $100 after January 15. Additional information about the conference is available here. Registration opened for the conference on December 1. Sponsor of the program with display booth at the conference currently include Diamond V, Genex Cooperative, Merial, Zoetis, Big Gain, Summit Buildings, Iowa Beef Systems, Mix 30 - Agridyne, Zinpro, Equity Co-op Livestock Sales, Practical Farmers of Iowa, MULTIMIN USA, DeKalb Feeds, and VitaPlus.
The Driftless Region Beef Conference is sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension, Iowa State University Extension, the University of Minnesota Extension, and University of Wisconsin Extension. "Our team that is planning this conference strives to deliver the latest in research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry," says ISU Extension beef cattle specialist Denise Schwab. For more information or to receive a brochure, contact Denise Schwab at 319-721-9624.