Three-Day, Three-State Trip Set for Iowa Beef Producers

CHARITON, Iowa -- A three-day trip to locations in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri offers Iowa beef producers the opportunity to tour innovative beef operations, and visit with successful producers and cutting edge researchers. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers said stops at the University of Illinois Dixon Springs Research Center and Land O’Lakes Purina Feed Longview Animal Nutrition Center in Missouri also will provide current information on research being conducted at those locations.

The trip runs from July 16-18 with passenger pick up at three southern Iowa locations.

“The morning of July 16 we’ll leave Chariton at 7, Albia at 7:45 and Centerville at 8:20,” Sellers said.  “The trip includes several stops at private ranches and operations, in addition to the research facilities, during the three days. Those who attend will be able to see and ask questions about a number of timely topics pertinent to their own operations.”

Registration fee for the tour is $100 per person, which includes bus travel from and to the Iowa locations, and some meals and refreshments. Lodging and most meals are not included, and lodging reservations must be made individually with a deadline of June 29. The $100 trip registration is due by June 25 to ensure a spot on the bus. To register, send name, address and a check for $100 per attendee payable to Lucas County Extension, 48293 Hy Vee Road, Chariton, IA 50049.

“We’ll stay at the Holiday Inn Six Flags in Eureka, Mo., on July 16 and the Holiday Inn in Mount Vernon, Ill., on July 17,” Sellers said. “To make reservations at the Eureka location, call 800-782-8108 and mention ‘Land O’Lakes Purina Feed Iowa Group.’ For the Mount Vernon location, call 800-243-7171 and mention ‘Iowa Beef Tour group.’”

Sellers said that while the agenda is a busy one, producers will learn a great deal at the stops and through conversations with others.

“We have a great group of sponsors for this trip,” Sellers said. “Purina Animal Nutrition, Community 1st Credit Union, Great Western Bank, Midwest Heritage Bank, Lucas County Extension and Outreach, and the Iowa Beef Center all play important roles in helping provide an informative and educational opportunity for Iowa beef producers.”

See a flyer with trip schedule and other details on the Iowa Beef Center website. For more information contact Sellers by email at or by phone at 641-203-1270 or contact Angela Hotz by phone at 319-325-3784 or by email at