Date: 5/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

Title: Youth Beef Team Trainings to be held at 2017 BeefMeets


BeefMeets is an opportunity for not only cattle producers to learn and interact, but also an event for Iowa’s youth in the cattle industry. Youth are invited and encouraged to attend BeefMeets this year to participate in the Youth Beef Team training that will occur at each regional meeting. Registration and training is free!

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Youth Beef Team is open to all youth, ages 12 to 18, who are interested in promoting the beef industry. Vital issues face the beef industry today. Every student encounters information in school and from the media on food safety, animal rights, the environment and nutrition. Our goal is to equip young cattlemen and women with information they need to speak out positively for the beef industry, pointing out the advantages beef offers to our health, our environment and our economy.

After attending a training session, Youth Beef Team Members are equipped to conduct beef promotional activities in their own and surrounding communities. Activities can be done on an individual or group basis. After completing a promotional activity, the member fills out an activity report form and submits it to the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation’s via email or by mail to the Iowa Cattle Industry Headquarters. Each activity submitted accumulates points for a yearly award presented at the awards breakfast held at the Iowa State Fair.

Beef Team members have many opportunities to attend educational events, such as the Beef Bash, the Carcass Challenge event, YBT tours at the Capitol and World Food Prize and the Beef Scholarship Extravaganza. In addition to yearly awards, Beef Team members who are seniors are eligible to compete for a $1,000 scholarship. Seniors submit an application, participate in a personal interview and give a presentation to beef industry professionals. Three scholarships will be awarded. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation sponsors the Beef Team scholarships.

NEW this year for BeefMeets, Youth Beef Team leaders have the opportunity to get new information and resources that will enable them to train new youth members as they come along. At this leader training session, a training manual and resources that leaders can use to train new YBT members will be available. This session will also offer an opportunity for leaders to network with each other and discuss the various activities they offer their groups. Lastly, we will discuss any ideas or suggestions to help make the program more successful.  
This year’s BeefMeets will include educational sessions, a full tradeshow, district breakout sessions and opportunities for networking for all attendees. 

BeefMeets will start on June 13 in Dubuque, June 15 in Ottumwa, June 20 in Creston and June 22 in Le Mars. Registration is $25 for Iowa Cattlemen’s Association members but FREE to students. The day-long event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and will end with a “beef social” at 4:00 p.m.

Visit or call 515-296-2266 for more information and registration options.