Beef Blast Workshop to Showcase Best Beef Management Practices

Event will be held Dec. 1 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center

November 2, 2018, 10:02 am | Amy Powell

students looking into microscope.AMES, Iowa – Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to attend Beef Blast at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, Iowa. The workshop is hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa State Department of Animal Science, teaching participants about working with beef cattle.

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Workshop presenters include beef faculty, staff and graduate students from Iowa State.

The focus of the program is general beef management with youth participating in a variety of hands-on workshops that cover meat science and selection. Participants will examine yield and quality grade beef, select animals for breed characteristics, develop a general health and management place and learn how to advocate for their industry.

“The goal of this workshop is to provide youth with opportunities for learning that they cannot get in their county or school program,” said Amy Powell, youth STEM specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “I hope that they will share the information learned at Beef Blast when they go back home.”

The cost of the workshop is $40 and includes all materials and lunch. Registration is due by midnight, Nov. 20 and space is limited. To register visit Parents are also welcome to attend for a cost of $12 which covers meals.

 For further information contact Powell at 515-294-3441 or


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