Northwest Iowa Regional BeefMeet

June 22, 2017
LeMars Convention Center
LeMars, IA

8:30 a.m.  Registration

9:00 a.m.  Trade Show Breakfast

10:00 a.m. Welcome & ICA Update

10:30 a.m.  Session 1

Family Farm Dynamics and Succession Planning - Rena Striegel, Transition Point Business Advisors

Family relationships are complicated. Combine them with an equally complicated farm business, and it may be a recipe for disaster. 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 - John Fluit Jr. (Producer), Ted and Dee Ann Paulsrud (Producers) and Brad Cave (Ag Loan Officer) 

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. Get advice from experienced producers who lived through crisis and adapted in order to stay in the business they love.

Checking in on the Checkoff - Chris Freland (IBIC CEO) and Steve Rehder (IBIC Chairman)   

The Iowa Beef Industry Council presents a beef checkoff investment overview. The $1 per-head national Beef Checkoff Program and the new $0.50 per-head Iowa State Beef Checkoff are important demand drivers for our industry. Learn how these programs work on your behalf. Have the opportunity to provide input for future fund use and ask questions about the Beef Checkoff Program.

11:30 a.m.  Lunch, Awards & Market Outlook

Membership Awards
Youth Beef Team Awards

Market Outlook - Dr. Nevil Speer, AgriClear
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?

1:00 p.m.  District Breakouts

The goal of the District Breakout session is to facilitate a time at which ICA members can utilize staff and leadership as a sounding board for concerns with the organization, programming, membership, and policy. It is our hope that District Breakouts will revitalize the grassroots nature and organization of ICA.

District 1 (Lyon, O' Brien, Osceola, Plymouth and Sioux counties)

District 2 (Clay, Dickinson, Emmet and Palo Alto counties)

District 3 (Humboldt, Kossuth and Winn-Hancock counties)

District 4 (Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Worth and Wright counties)

District 7 (Buena Vista, Cherokee, Ida, Pocahontas and Sac counties)

2:00 p.m.  Trade Show Break

Youth Beef Team Training - Mary Greiman

Youth Beef Team Training is going on tour! We are traveling across the state with the ICA Beef Meets. A YBT training will be held and the opportunity for junior high and high school youth to also attend other educational seminars and connect with vendors in the trade show. Registration and training is free!
Learn more about Youth Beef Team here

3:00 p.m.  Session 2

Cover Crops & Cattle - Karl Dallefeld (Prairie Creek Seed), Michael Henderson (NRCS) and Grant Breitkreutz (Producer)

Cover crops, soil health and grazing all fit together to improve soils and improve your bottom line. We will discuss opportunities for incorporating cover crops into a livestock operation. Multi species blends can be utilized to generate both quality and tonnage for extending the grazing season while still maintaining the benefits of cover cropping for the soil. Selection and management of the potential cover cocktails is just as important as the corn hybrids you plant. Join us in a discussion on selection, timing and management of various cover crops.
This session is sponsored Iowa Corn

Farm Finances - Justin Septer, Farm Credit Services of America

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? As the farm economy has declined, financial management has become more important. Find out how to manage your money in a way that will improve your profits and increase your chances at success.

Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Youth Beef Team Train the Trainer- Mary Greiman
New this year! We will be offering a Train the Trainer session at each location for all Youth Beef Team leaders. It will be an opportunity for these individuals to get training materials and new information to work with their groups. A great chance to network with other leaders too!

4:00 p.m. Tour of the World Social

Presentation by Liz Wunderlich, USMEF Caribbean Manager
Come hungry to sample beef dishes from around the world and learn how USMEF through partnerships with beef checkoff investments works to drive beef demand in international markets.
This session is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Cattlemen's Association and USMEF