Extension News

More than 170 Attend Conference on Ethanol, Beef Industry

9/6/2007

For Immediate Release 

AMES, Iowa – The ProBeef ’07 Conference at Iowa State University kicked off Wednesday, drawing more than 170 people from around the world.

The conference brings together agricultural scientists and producers to discuss the global influence of ethanol on the beef industry today and in the future. The conference started Wednesday and ends Friday.

Thirteen states and three countries – Brazil, Argentina and Japan – are represented at the conference. The largest foreign contingency comes from Brazil, which has 41 people attending the conference. Eight are from Argentina, and two are from Japan.

Stan Bull, deputy assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, delivered the keynote address at 7 p.m. Wednesday during the banquet. Earlier Wednesday, two sessions were conducted that focused on the global and domestic ethanol industry.

Remaining sessions include:
Thursday, Sept. 6
--8:30-10 a.m.: “Corn and Feed Grain Outlook: Enough to Go Around?” by Patrick Westhoff, of the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute; “Economic Outlook for the U.S. Beef Industry,” by John Lawrence, director of the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University
--10:30-noon: “Ruminant Digestion and Metabolism with Emphasis on Co-Products,” by John Newbold, director of the Provimi Research and Innovation Centre; “Characteristics of Corn Co-Products and Feeding Applications for Feedlot Cattle,” by Galen Erickson, beef feedlot extension specialist with the University of Nebraska
--1:30-3 p.m.: “Environmental Considerations Feeding Co-Products,” by Allen Trenkle, Charles F. Curtiss distinguished professor in agriculture at Iowa State University; “Kinetics of Marbling in Cattle,” by Robbi Pritchard, distinguished professor in ruminant nutrition at South Dakota State University
--3:30-5 p.m.: “Effects of Corn Byproducts on Carcass Characteristics of Cattle and New Technologies in Corn Hybrids for the Ethanol Industry,” by Fred Owens, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.; “Corn Byproducts in Cow Diets, Heifer Development and Backgrounding Diets, and Storage and Handling Issues for the Cow-Calf Producer,” by Rick Rasby, beef specialist for the University of Nebraska
 
Friday, Sept. 7
8 a.m. to noon: Tours, departing at 8 a.m. from the Gateway Hotel and Conference in Ames, 2100 Green Hills Drive. The first stop is the Biomass Energy CONversion facility (BECON) in Nevada; the second stop is Lincolnway Energy Corp. near Nevada, and the last stop is the Couser Cattle Co. north of Nevada.

Vigortone Ag Products, a division of North American Nutrition Companies, Provimi, is the main sponsor of the conference. Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University are contributing sponsors.

For more information about the tours and conference, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org and click on the ProBeef link.

The Iowa Beef Center was formed in 1996 by a legislative mandate with the goal to support the growth and vitality of the beef cattle industry in the state. It links ISU Extension, research and education to directly help Iowa’s beef producers and allied industries.

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Contacts :
John Lawrence, director, Iowa Beef Center, (515) 294-6290, jdlaw@iastate.edu
Nancy Foster, communications specialist, Iowa Beef Center, (515) 294-9124, nfoster@iastate.edu