Providing research-based beef production information to beef producers in the Driftless Region of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

With nearly 3.8 million head of beef cattle in three Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference, January. 26-28, 2021.

This year’s format will be delivered online, with two presenters each evening, January 26-28, from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST.  While we will miss seeing familiar faces and making new acquaintances, safety is the highest priority. On a positive note, if Dubuque has been farther than you care to travel in the winter, you can participate from the comfort of your favorite recliner this year!


Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST

  • Green house gas, sustainability and beef cattle production

    Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor, Animal Science and air quality extension specialist, University of California, Davis, Davis, California

  • Building farm resiliency for surviving volatile times

    Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, professor, Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, WI

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021- 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST

  • What consumers say they need and want

    Shawn Darcy, senior director, market research, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Lakewood, CO

  • One-Health perspectives on antimicrobial resistance and its importance to the beef industry

    Dr. Paul Plummer, professor and Anderson Chair for Veterinary Medicine, National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education, hosted at Iowa State University, Ames, IA

  • Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST

  • Secure Beef Supply: Contingency plans for market disruptions

    Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, associate director, Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

  • 2021 market outlook

    Dr. Brenda Boetel, professor and department chair, Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Marketing Specialist, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI

Online format

The Driftless Region Beef Conference comes to you in a high-definition online format. Sit back and watch. Join the discussion or ask questions in the chat room. Live-streamed broadcasts, recorded programs and supplemental materials - all in one place. No software to download. No invitation links to keep track of. All that is needed is a web browser, internet connection and sound.

Get registered

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The $15 conference pass provides access to the three evening programs plus on-demand viewing of any part of the program afterward.


Thank you to the sponsors listed below for their continued support of this program and educating beef producers in the Driftless Region. Be watching for messages from sponsors via social media and during the evening programs. Let them know you appreciate their involvement!


ABS logo
Agriking logo
Iowa Beef Industry Council
Mark seed

Mineral Creek Cattle

Multimin logo
Wisconsin Beef

Media partners

Progressive Cattle

The Driftless Region Beef Conference is presented by

University of Illinois

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

University of Wisconsin Extension