Kevin Bernhardt to Speak on Building Farm Resiliency at 2021 Driftless Region Beef Conference

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Kevin Bernhardt

Kevin Bernhardt

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Dr. Kevin Bernhardt Of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will share information on building farm resiliency during the 2021 virtual Driftless Region Beef Conference. He’s a professor at the School of Agriculture there, with a focus on farm financial, marketing and risk management.

Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Denise Schwab said Bernhardt will include those aspects in his presentation.

“He believes thinking ahead to be prepared for uncertain events and having the right risk management tools will be essential for producers moving forward,” she said. “He will describe his resiliency wheel risk management tool and the parameters used to determine long-term farm viability.”

The conference will have two presenters each evening of Jan. 26-28. All three sessions will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Other speakers and their topics are:

  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, UC-Davis, “Greenhouse Gas, Sustainability and Beef Cattle Production.”
  • Shawn Darcy, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, “What Consumers Say They Need and Want."
  • Dr. Paul Plummer, Iowa State University, “Antibiotic Resistance in the Beef Industry.”
  • Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, Iowa State University, “Being Prepared for a Beef Cattle Pandemic/Secure Beef (both cow-calf and feedlot).”
  • Dr. Brenda Boetel, UW Madison Division of Extension, “2021 Market Outlook.”

Registration and more information on topics and speakers are available on the program website at Preregistration is required. Don’t miss this opportunity to register to hear these great speakers at the reduced registration fee of just $15 this year.

Driftless Region Beef Conference sponsors are ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. For more information or to receive a brochure, contact Schwab at 319-472-4739.


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit


Denise Schwab, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 319-721-9624,

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