Area beef producers should make plans to attend the Three-State Beef Conference set for Jan. 10, 11 and 12, 2017, with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The Three-State Beef Conference (formerly the Four-State Beef Conference) is designed to give beef cattle producers and others in the beef industry in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska a regular update on current cow-calf and stocker topics. The conference provides a forum of specialists from three of the leading beef cattle land grant universities in the U.S. as well as other industry experts.

Topics and speakers for the 2017 event

  • “Cows in Need of a Career Change – Culling Strategies to Maximize Returns” -- Patrick Gunn, Iowa State University extension cow-calf specialist
  • “Managing Common Forage Toxicity Issues of Beef Cattle” -- Chris Clark, Iowa State University extension beef program specialist
  • “Developing a Herd Health Program” -- Dr. Craig Payne, University of Missouri state extension veterinary specialist

The first session of the conference is the Iowa location in Creston at Southwestern Community College on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m.

The Missouri session will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11 in Albany at the MU Hundley-Whaley Learning Discovery Center. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. and the program follows at 6 p.m.

The Nebraska session is Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Gage County UNL Extension Center in Beatrice with registration at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting at 6 p.m.

Clark, who is the Iowa contact for the conference, said attendees are strongly encouraged to preregister for any location by Friday, Jan. 6.

“Calling or e-mailing your reservation helps with meal plans and also helps keep costs down,” he explained. “The registration fee is $25 per person and it includes a meal and copy of the conference proceedings.”

The conference brochure has agenda information and a registration form.

For more information, those interested may contact their local university extension office or visit the conference website at

For more general information, contact Clark at 712-250-0070 or email at Or contact any regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach livestock specialist.