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FYI: the July 9 session at Spencer has been postponed to July 28. Time of 7 to 9 p.m. and location of the 4-H Exhibits Building on the Clay County Fairgrounds have not changed. Remember to pregister to assure your space.

While COVID-19 has changed a lot of things, major packers still require a current Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certificate from feedlot producers selling market-ready cattle. To help meet this need, ISU extension beef specialist Beth Doran has planned a set of certification workshops in northwest Iowa producers starting in early July.

Graphic with Keep current temperatures and humidity levels in mind during these hot, humid summer days, and make sure your cattle have shade and plenty of water. Take a look at Grant Dewell's article in the June Growing Beef newsletter. Check our heat resources page for more info.
Handful of silage. Building on the success of previous cooperatively offered one-day silage conferences, Iowa Beef Center, University of Nebraska—Lincoln and Lallemand Animal Nutrition planned a similar opportunity for this summer. And while the high caliber and quality of topics and speakers continues, the delivery method is different. The event is now a four-part webinar series, each with a specific topic and speaker.
USDA graphic. USDA-RMA has announced changes to the Livestock Risk Protection insurance program starting this summer. Changes for the program, which is for feeder cattle, fed cattle and swine, include moving the premium due dates to the end of the endorsement period and increasing premium subsidies to assist producers. Agency officials want to have changes implemented by July 1.
Farmers-dot-gov website graphic Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is now accepting applications. The USDA program website describes the program, who can use it, which agricultural products are covered, and how to prepare for application. Be sure to check the FAQ file (updated as necessary) in the resources section.
IBC wordmark and University of Wisconsin Extension graphic The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt cattle markets. Having a market that will take finished cattle at a suitable date has become a concern. In addition, the current live market prices, and limited sale opportunities for fat steers have left many cattle feeders searching for solutions to reduce their economic loss. "Considerations for Slowing Feedlot Cattle Growth due to the COVID-19 Pandemic" was created by Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension beef specialists, University of Wisconsin Extension livestock program educators, and University of Wisconsin Department of Animal Science Faculty to provide help for producers making these decisions.
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Feedlot cattle producers currently are faced with making immediate decisions with long-terms implications. Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council have developed a two-part webinar series, Feedlot Considerations Amid the Pandemic, to help provide some clarity, considerations and suggestions. See recordings from the April 28 and April 29 sessions.

  Please see our COVID-19 page for information on changes to programming by and with Iowa Beef Center, as well as additional information. We'll update as necessary.

Dealing with stress: Serious financial and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community. Here are links to some resources to help deal with a variety of stress concerns and grief. Remember also that the Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, and at

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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