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2021 Driftless Region Beef Conference

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Driftless Region Beef Conference

With nearly 3.8 million head of beef cattle in three Midwest states, university Extension professionals in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference on January. 26-28, 2021. The conference is available for $15 and will run Jan. 26 - 28. Registration and more information on topics and speakers is available at Pre-registration is required and cost is $15.

Keynote Speaker

Frank Mitloehner, a professor and air quality specialist at UC-Davis will discuss greenhouse gases and the sustainability of beef cattle production. His presentation will explain factors of climate change, livestock impacts, and the importance of ruminant livestock in the midst of growing pressures from environmental groups.

Understanding the facts and fiction behind livestock production and emissions is the first step in debunking the myths of livestock and climate change, says Jay Solomon, energy and environmental stewardship educator, University of Illinois Extension.

Evening Presentations

The conference will have two presenters each evening of Jan. 26-28. All sessions will run from 7 to 8:30pm.

  • Kevin Bernhardt, UW Madison Division of Extension, will discuss Building Farm Resiliency for Surviving Volatile Times
  • Shawn Darcy, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, addresses consumers needs and wants
  • Paul Plummer, Iowa State University, discusses antibiotic resistance in the beef industry
  • Danelle Bickett-Weddle, Iowa State University, will present on being prepared for potential beef cattle pandemic
  • Brenda Boetel, UW Madison Division of Extension, will provide a 2021 market outlook.

If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.