January 22 - 23, 2015
Dubuque, Iowa

Cooperative Extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin team up each year to offer the annual Driftless Region Beef Conference. The next conference will be held on January 22 - 23, 2015 at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Feature presentations

Jude Capper

One view on sustainability in the beef industry will be presented by keynote speaker Jude Capper. Dr. Capper will share her research on beef’s environmental footprint. She’s a self-employed sustainability consultant and an adjunct professor of animal sciences at Washington State University, but is better known for her research on the environmental impact of beef production in the United States from 1977 to 2007.



If you’re looking for meat that is locally raised, look no further than Arnold’s Farm in Elizabeth Illinois. Tom and Jessica Arnold have been raising natural beef, pork, chicken, turkey and lamb for almost 30 years, and have been delivering to the Chicago area since 2001. Arnold will be sharing his experiences on marketing beef locally at the Driftless Region Beef Conference in Dubuque, Iowa on January 22 and 23, 2015.


Sponsor displays

The businesses and organizations listed below are proud to support beef producers in the Driftless Region. Their contributions help make this conference a success.

Visit the sponsor display area to interact with representatives about the many products and services available to beef producers in the driftless region.


Keynote sponsors - $1,000
Break sponsor - $500
ABS Global, Inc Mix 30 Summit Livestock Facilities
Animat Inc.
Multimin USA, Inc
USDA National Ag Statistics Service
Bloomington Livestock Exchange New Balance Commodities Vita Plus
Diamond V
People's State Bank Wisconsin Beef Improvement Association
Prairie Creek Seed
Friend of the conference - under $500
Big Gain Iowa Forage and Grassland Council Lifeline - APC, Inc.
DeKalb Feeds Jefferson Twp Locals, LLC  

Support provided by

Supported by a grant from the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

SARE’s mission is to advance – to the whole of American agriculture – innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education. To learn more about SARE programs in the North Central region visit www.northcentralsare.org

Support provided by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.




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