Date: 5/19/2017 12:00:00 AM

Title: Early Registration for Iowa Cattlemen’s Association BeefMeets closing May 31

Education, policy, a tradeshow, networking opportunities and more will all be offered at the 2nd annual Iowa Cattlemen’s Association regional BeefMeets.


BeefMeets are replacing the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention, which has traditionally been held in Des Moines in the winter. In an effort to reach more cattlemen across the state, four day-long regional BeefMeets will be held in June. The Northeast Regional BeefMeet will be in Dubuque on June 13, the Southeast Regional BeefMeet will be in Ottumwa on June 15, the Southwest Regional BeefMeet will be in Creston on June 20 and the Northwest Regional BeefMeet will be in Le Mars on June 22.

Speakers will address issues that come with surviving tough times in the cattle industry by giving input on farm finances and the agriculture markets. Area producers and agriculture specialists will also be part of the BeefMeets programming, offering their knowledge and experiences on how they persevered to continue to raise cattle in some of the hardest economic times in history.

 In addition to educational sessions, BeefMeets will include lunch, a full tradeshow and a Tour of the World Social where attendees can experience beef dishes from around the world. District breakouts will give cattlemen a chance to weigh in on issues affecting their business and Dr. Nevil Speer will address key factors that could have an effect on the cattle markets in the next 12-18 months.

 Other activities throughout the day include a Cattle and Cover Crops session, a free Youth Beef Team Training & Train the Trainer session and a Beef Checkoff update with the Iowa Beef Industry Council.

 Early registration ends May 31 and prices go up $10 at that time. Students receive free registration to all BeefMeets. Register online today at under ICA Programs or call the ICA office at 515-296-2266.

See below for a full list of session speakers and topics that will be at BeefMeets.
Family Farm Dynamics and Succession Planning
- Rena Striegel, Transition Point Business Advisors

- Presented at all regional BeefMeets

- How can families work together for the success of the farm, both now and in the future? This session will cover techniques to help the family of farmers work together better, especially as new generations enter or exit the operation.

Been there, Done that Panel
- Local cattle producers and agriculture lenders from each region

- NE BeefMeet- Charlie Peters (Producer, Jackson County), Ralph Hosch (Producer, Jones County) and Hank Wehrman (Financial Consultant & Farm Manager)
- SE BeefMeet- Lenoard Harris (Producer, Davis County), Jim Jury (Producer, Van Buren County) and Leslie Miller (Financial Consultant & Farm Manager with Iowa State Savings Bank)
- SW BeefMeet- Jim Werner (Producer, Ringgold County), Jim Bradford (Producer, Guthrie County), Doug Wedemeyer (Producer, Adair County), and Logan Larsen (Ag Loan Officer with Iowa State Savings Bank)
- NW BeefMeet- John Fluit Jr. (Producer, Lyon County), Ted and Dee Ann Paulsrud (Producers, Ida County) and Brad Cave (Ag Loan Officer with Northwest Bank)
-“Tough times don’t last but tough people do” holds very true in the agriculture profession. Today’s low commodity prices are a new experience for many young producers, but there are many in the cattle industry in Iowa who have lived through -- and survived tough

times in the past.
Checking in on the Checkoff
- Chris Freland (CEO of Iowa Beef Industry Council) and a different IBIC Board Member at each BeefMeet

- NE- David Rueber (IBIC Board of Directors), SE- Bill Goehring (IBIC Board of Directors), SW- Tamara Heim (IBIC Board of Directors) and NW- Steve Rehder (IBIC Board Chairman)

- Beef Checkoff Programs are very important drivers for the cattle industry. This $1 per-head national Beef Checkoff program and new $.50 per-head Iowa State Beef Checkoff are invested in many different ways in order to enhance the cattle industry. Producers may wonder where these funds are being invested and this session is designed to answer your Beef Checkoff questions.
Market Outlook-Keynote Speaker

- Dr. Nevil Speer, AgriClear Inc.

- Presented at all regional BeefMeets

- From weather to markets, there are many factors that will affect your bottom line. Which of those factors will play a large role in the cattle industry in the next 12-18 months?
Youth Beef Team Training
- Presented at all regional BeefMeets

-Mary Greiman, Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation
- YBT training is open to all youth, ages 12 to 18, who are interested in promoting the beef industry.
Cover Crops & Cattle
- Linda Shumate (ICA Grazing Advisor),Karl Dallefeld (Prairie Creek Seed), NRCS oil scientists and area producers

- Northeast-  Karl Dallefeld, Neil Sass (NRCS) & Tim Daly (Producer, Dubuque county)

- Southeast- Linda Shumate, Jason Steele (NRCS) & Bryan Reed (Producer, Monroe county)

- Southwest- Linda Shumate (NRCS) & Seth Watkins (Producer, Taylor county )

- Northwest- Karl Dallefeld (NRCS) & Grant Breitkreutz (Producer, Redwood Fall, MN).
- How do cover crops improve soil? How do you adapt your grazing system to incorporate cover crops? What goes into managing a successful cover crop grazing system? These questions and more are the basis of the material that will be covered at the Cover Crops and Cattle session at every BeefMeet throughout the state.
Farm Finances
- Farm Credit Services of America

- Dave Karnopp at Northeast & Southwest and Justin Septer at Southeast & Northwest BeefMeets
- Did you know that only half of farmers know their cost of production and use it to make marketing decisions? And less than half track cost and profit centers? This session will help to find out how to manage your money in a way that will improve your profits and increase your chances at success.

Youth Beef Team: Train the Trainer

-Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Northwest Regional BeefMeets
- Mary Greiman, Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation
- 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.


Tour of the World Social
- U.S. Meat Export Federation and Iowa Beef Industry Council
- Greg Hanes (USMEF Assistant V.P. for International Marketing and Programs) at Northeast and Southeast BeefMeets
- Liz Wunderlich (USMEF Caribbean Manager) at the Southwest and Northwest BeefMeets
- Join us as we experience beef dishes from around the world and learn about all things beef trade from U.S. Meat Export Federation representatives over the dinner hour. Learn how USMEF, through partnerships with beef checkoff investments, works to drive beef demand in international markets.

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”