Extension News

Animal Agriculture and the Environment Symposium Date Announced

Iowa Beef Center

4/7/2005

AMES, Iowa - The date for the next John M. Airy Beef Cattle Symposium has been set. It will be held Jan. 5-6, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo. The symposium is the second in a series and will focus on animal agriculture and its effects on the environment, featuring nationally- and internationally-renown speakers who will discuss the future research needs of livestock production as it relates to the environment.

"Our objectives are to define the environmental hurdles that limit progressive livestock production, outline a vision to overcome these limitations, and prioritize research needs that address these issues," says Daryl Strohbehn, professor of animal science at Iowa State University (ISU) and co-chair of the symposium. "Additionally, participants will take an active role in formulating a draft recommendation for research during scheduled breakout sessions."

Industry representatives, government officials, agricultural and biosystems engineers, environmental consultants, graduate students, animal scientists, and environmental and nutrition consultants are invited to the conference, which will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel near Kansas City International (KCI) Airport.

The 2006 symposium follows the inaugural 2003 symposium which focused on beef breeding and genetics, and is sponsored by John M. Airy, the ISU Department of Animal Science, and the Iowa Beef Center at ISU.

For more information, including registration details, visit the Calendar page at the Iowa Beef Center Web site (www.iowabeefcenter.org) or contact Daryl Strohbehn at (515) 294-3020. For hotel reservations, contact the KCI Embassy Suites at (816) 891-7788.

Contacts :

Daryl Strohbehn, Animal Science, (515) 294-3020, stroh@iastate.edu

James Reecy, Iowa State University, (515) 294-9269, jreecy@iastate.edu

Rachel Martin, Iowa Beef Center, (515) 294-9912, remartin@iastate.edu