A few spaces remain on the bus trip planned for beginning and young Iowa beef producers, but those wanting to attend the September 4-5 event should get their name by 4 p.m. this Friday, August 29, said organizer Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Chris Clark.
“This trip is an organized activity of ISU’s Beginning and Young Livestock Producer Network and includes visits to several operations to provide a wide variety of information, experiences, and discussions,” Clark said. “We’ll have stops at several different beef operations, a packing facility and the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.”
Participants are responsible for their own hotel room fee and can make reservations at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Grand Island, Nebraska by calling 308-381-8980.
Bus pick-up locations and times on Thursday, September 4, are scheduled for Ames (Theisen’s parking lot) at 5 a.m.; Pella (Fareway parking lot) at 5 a.m.; Atlantic (Cass County Extension Office) at 7 a.m.; and Avoca at 7:30 a.m.
The BYLPN is a strategic initiative of ISU Extension and Outreach, with primary goals of creating regional peer groups of young and beginning livestock producers; and offering education, mentorship, and networking opportunities to participants.
“This bus trip is a fitting activity for those already involved in a BYLNP group, but people don’t need to be members of an existing group to participate,” Clark said. “We would love to see some new faces and get more people involved.”