Date: 4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

Title: Iowa Cattle Industry Convention replaced by regional BeefMeets

For the past several years, the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention has offered cattlemen in Iowa a chance to learn about the latest advancements in the cattle industry, develop policy for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and network with other producers. This year, in an effort to provide those opportunities to more cattle producers across the state, the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention has been transformed into Regional BeefMeets.

BeefMeets will take the education, policy-development, tradeshow and networking outside of the Des Moines and into the four quadrants of Iowa. Centrally located BeefMeets will be held in Spencer, Independence, Atlantic and Riverside, making it easier for producers from all areas of the state to attend the events.

Topics & Speakers

This year’s BeefMeets, held in late June, will include educational sessions aimed at increasing profitability in the current agriculture economy. Sessions on replacement selection, finances, efficiency, and labor will help producers improve their farm management and their bottom line.

Eldon McAfee, attorney at Brick Gentry, will be the keynote speaker, focusing on the legal climate in Iowa and how it affects agriculture. From the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit to nuisance lawsuits and attorney general referrals, producers need to be up to speed on the legal threats to their livelihoods.

Policy Development

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association develops its policies and priorities based on the input of its 10,000 members across the state. Each BeefMeet will include a session where cattlemen can voice their opinion and share their concerns. Feedback received during these sessions will help guide the association for the next year.

Cattlemen will also have an opportunity to hear more about the proposed state beef checkoff during a question and answer session with Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council leaders.

Tradeshow & Networking

A tradeshow will be held at all four events and the day’s schedule will allow for plenty of time to check out the products and visit with the vendors. The day will end with a fun social, complete with some tasty beef to cap off the day.

Who should attend?

EVERYONE in the cattle industry! These events will provide education for every sector of the industry, a chance to get to know cattlemen and industry partners, fun and good food!

What’s the cost?

BeefMeets only cost $25 for ICA members and $50 for non-members. (Membership is $75 annually and may be paid at any time.) Students are free.

Prices go up $10 after June 13.

When and Where?

Clay County Regional Events Center, Spencer, IA

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 8:30 – 5:00 with social following        


Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence, IA

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 8:30 – 5:00 with social following


Cass County Community Center, Atlantic, IA

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 8:30 – 5:00 with social following


Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Riverside, IA

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 8:30 – 5:00 with social following


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About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents more than 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.”