Beef Blast Workshop Will Focus on Genetics

Hands-on activities are planned for Dec. 2 event at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center

November 1, 2017, 2:49 pm | Amy Powell

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

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2 and concludes at 3:30 p.m. Workshop presenters include beef faculty, staff and graduate students from Iowa State.

Youth will have a variety of hands-on workshops to explore genetics, the program focus. Participants will be able to use an ultrasound, practice selection and learn about DNA.  

“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. 21 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

[PHOTO] Workshop participants

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