The 2015 Iowa Cattle Industry Convention will bring together producers and industry partners for educational sessions, policy discussions, and a trade show Dec. 8-9 at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines.
The convention will provide educational opportunities to all producers: seedstock, cow-calf, backgrounders and feeders, as well as a sold-out trade show in the hotel's 12,000 square foot conference area. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association will each hold their annual meetings, as well.
Theme of this year's convention is "Share Your Story." Each part of the convention, whether it's educational sessions, networking or the trade show, will provide an opportunity for attendees to gain knowledge, improve their skills and learn how to tell their beef production story.
Outlook on how 2016 is shaping up for the cattle business
The Dec. 8 keynote presentation will be at lunch, featuring Nevil Speer of AgriClear. He will focus on current market conditions, including a look back at 2015, and provide perspective on how 2016 is shaping up for the beef industry. He'll also discuss strategies for decision-making in an environment of volatile markets.
The Dec. 9 keynote event occurs at the general session. Jayson Lusk, ag economist and author of The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto about the Politics of Your Plate, will focus on how to tell agriculture's story. He'll also discuss current and future challenges facing the cattle industry. Visit iacattlemen.org for a full agenda and registration information.
"Cattlemen's College" offered at convention and trade show
This year's Iowa Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show will again feature Cattlemen's College sessions, educating beef producers from all sectors of the cattle industry.
Cattlemen's College, sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health, will include several educational sessions to help Iowa's cattlemen improve their operations and increase their profits. Cattlemen's College classes will cover calf health, genomics, sustainability, the Veterinary Feed Directive, water quality and managing labor. Additional educational sessions will focus on NPDES Permits for feedlots and cover crops.
Visit iacattlemen.org for a full agenda and registration information.