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Cover crop in corn field Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University will host six tours focusing on fall grazing cover crops across Iowa in late November and early December. These tours are part of a fall grazing cover crops risk management project funded through USDA-NIFA, and will be led by IBC beef specialists. Tour stops will include Iowa State research projects and producers who have successfully grazed cover crops in the fall, who will share their tips for overcoming the challenges of adequate fall growth for grazing.
Beef Quality Assurance program graphic The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to host a series of Beef Quality Assurance training and certification sessions across Iowa before the end of 2018. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry. Find a location near you.
Making silage

Corn silage has always been a major feed component in dairy and beef rations. However, this year's weather is making harvesting corn silage a challenge for many areas of the state. While every area of the state has had different growing conditions, all have been challenging. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Denise Schwab said a few basic principles of corn silage harvest are critical to harvest and store a high quality corn silage feedstuff.

Iowa Forage and Grassland Council logo For the first time since 2014, the annual conference of the Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council will be held in Des Moines during November. The 2018 Iowa Forage and Grasslands Conference is set for Nov. 26-27 at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn. ISU extension beef specialist Patrick Wall is IFGC president and says Jim Gerrish and Byron Shelton are featured speakers at the event.
Beef Quality Assurance program graphic Looking for a BQA workshop? Check this listing on this page of the Iowa Beef Industry Council website for a location near you. This page also has links to our IBC personnel, online BQA training, information on BQA transportation trainings and more.
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