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December 15 - 16 |  Prairie Meadows Conference Center

Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit

We are excited to be with you in person for the 2021 Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit! With many challenges facing the cattle industry, it's never been more important for you to attend and be at the table where decisions are being made and solutions are being brought forth. This event focuses on networking, education and policy with Iowa's leading cattle producers. 

Early bird registration ends Friday, December 3.

 Register today


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

9:00 a.m. - Registration & Trade Show Opens 

10:00 a.m. - "Agriculture & National Defense: Funding & Conflict Management" - Lt. Col. Peter Shinn, USAF, Ret. 

11:00 a.m. - Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program & Presidents Council Recognition 

11:30 a.m. - Lunch/ Awards & Trade Show Break - Beef Quality Assurance Awards - Presented by the Iowa Beef Industry Council

12:30 p.m. - Trade Show Break 

12:45 p.m. - Education Breakout Sessions 

  1. Leading Edge of Carbon - There is so much to uncover related to carbon sequestration and markets, cover crops and soil fertility. This session will educate producers on what's surfacing and how to best utilize your resources from leading experts on carbon. 
  2. Navigating the Tax Code - With potential tax changes on the horizon, this educational session will focus on how to best prepare and understand the tax code. Experts will identify useful tools for cattle producers looking to minimize tax impact or make steps toward passing the farm to the next generation.

1:45 p.m. - Business Issues Committee Meeting 

2:45 p.m. - Cattle Production Committee Meeting

3:45 p.m. - Beef Products Committee Meeting 

5:00 p.m. - Trade Show Break & Social Hour 

6:00 p.m. - Iowa Cattlemen's Banquet Dinner 

6:15 p.m. - Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation Introduction & Scholarship Awards - Youth Beef Team & Maynard Jayne Scholarships

6:45 p.m. - Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation Silent Auction Results

7:00 p.m. - Outstanding Cattlemen Recognition - Commercial Producer & Hall of Fame

7:30 p.m. - Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program Round Up Reception - Invitation Only - Sponsored by Kent Nutrition Group

Thursday, December 16, 2021

7:30 a.m. - Breakfast 

8:00 a.m. - "Rethinking methane - livestock’s path to climate neutrality” - Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D. 

8:30 a.m. - Iowa Cattlemen's Annual Meeting 

9:30 a.m. - Iowa Beef Industry Council Annual Meeting


Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Pete Shinn has an extensive background in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. agriculture.  As an agricultural journalist between 1996 and 2008, Pete served as Agribusiness Director for WOW-AM/FM, Managing Editor of DTN/FarmDayta, Director of Broadcast Services for the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, and Farm Director for the Waitt Agribusiness Network.

In 2008, Pete was selected to provide leadership training to future Air Force officers at the Air Force Officer Training School. In 2010, Pete deployed with the Iowa National Guard to provide agricultural training to farmers in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. He later served as a speech writer, executive officer, and as an Air Force liaison officer to the U.S. Senate.

Pete retired from the Air Force in October after 36 years of service.

In his presentation "Agriculture & Natural Defense: Funding & Conflict Management" Lt. Col. Peter Shinn, USAF, Ret. will give attendees insight into just how important agriculture is to national defense and homeland security from a strategic military perspective, and review current funding levels for defense and agriculture. He'll also talk about first hand stories of how conflicts over these funding levels can play out, along with key concepts in conflict management.


Accomodations can be made by utilizing the code and link below. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, November 24. 


Delegate Code: 542271

Delegate Password: 863000148