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Iowa Forage and Grasslands Conference to Spotlight Risk Management


AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa Beef Center (IBC) at Iowa State University (ISU) has partnered with the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council (IFGC) to spotlight cow-calf risk management at the upcoming 2005 Iowa Forage and Grassland Conference. The conference is slated for Nov. 21-22 at the Airport Holiday Inn Conference Center in Des Moines.


The IBC will be sponsoring a presentation by Greg Judy, a Missouri cattleman and grazer. Judy will discuss custom grazing, including leasing pasture and reducing risk. Judy has been a management-intensive grazer for six years and leases farms for his custom grazing business.


“The Iowa Beef Center and ISU Extension are pleased to bring Mr. Judy to Des Moines for the conference,” says Joe Sellers, ISU Extension livestock specialist. “Risk management is key to a cow-calf producer’s success, and Mr. Judy’s expertise will be beneficial to Iowa’s producers.”


In addition to sponsoring Judy’s presentation, the IBC will underscore available resources in risk management with a display in the conference’s trade show. The display will highlight “Cow-Calf Risk Strategies,” an upcoming educational series to assist beef producers in planning for financial, market and production risk management.


The conference begins at 3 p.m. on Nov. 21 with a pre-conference farm tour, sponsored by ISU Extension, at the Bruce Carney farm in rural Polk County. For more information about the conference and registration, visit the Calendar Page at www.iowabeefcenter.org, or call (800) 383-1682. Early registration ends Monday, Nov. 14.


The Iowa Beef Center began operation in 1996 to support the growth and vitality of the beef cattle industry of the state. A part of Iowa State University Extension, the Iowa Beef Center is the central access point for Iowa State University programs and research related to the beef industry. For more information, visit the Web site at www.iowabeefcenter.org or call (515) 294-BEEF.



Contacts :

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension, (641)774-2016, sellers@iastate.edu


Dan Morrical, Iowa State University Extension, (515)294-2904, morrical@iastate.edu


Steve Barnhart, Iowa State University Extension, (515)294-7835, sbarnhar@iastate.edu


Rachel E. Martin, Iowa Beef Center, (515) 294-9124, remartin@iastate.edu