Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference

Name and Position/Title: 
Byron Leu, Extension Beef Program Specialist

Fiscal Year Submitted: 

POW Title and Number:
140  Iowa Beef Center  

Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference

For 39 years, the Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) has provided an opportunity for cow-calf producers, researchers, and industry representatives to explore current topics and issues that impact their beef enterprises.  This event utilizes nationally recognized presenters to present topics and address challenges and opportunities that will assist producers as long-term decisions are made and finalized.  Over 60 ag-related industry representatives are also involved in the conference, giving participants the opportunity to interact and observe new technical advances that can keep beef operations profitable and competitive.

The 39th Annual CCCC was held February 2010 in Ottumwa, Iowa.  The conference planning committee includes 20 producers and agribusiness representatives from southeast Iowa and northern Missouri.  Ten speakers from Montana, Tennessee, Missouri and Iowa presented 15 educational sessions including cow-calf, hay, and pasture production topics, estrus synchronization and AI, legal issues, women in agriculture, beginning farmer resources, health programs, and dog training.  

Over 60 ag-based exhibitors participate in the Trade Show—providing the opportunity for attendees to view new approaches and technologies that are surfacing in the cow-calf industry.  These industry relationships also strengthen the financial structure of the CCCC.  In 2010, John Deere Ottumwa Works, Pfizer Animal Health, the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension, the Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council, and Southern Iowa Forages and Livestock Committee committed financial and in-kind support to the event.

The CCCC proceedings/CDs are distributed to an ag-related media list and University list with beef cow-calf and forage/pasture interest.  Over 500+ proceedings/CDs were distributed during the event.

The 2010 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference was attended by over 530 participants from 44 Iowa counties and six other states.
90% of the completed evaluations indicated producers would make changes in their operation based on information gained at the CCCC

The positive responses reported reflect that the CCCC continues to have a significant influence on Iowa’s beef industry—as well as maintaining its strong reputation as the premier beef-related conference in the Midwest.


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