A four-day bus trip to southwest Iowa and north central Nebraska next month will offer Iowa beef producers the opportunity to tour innovative beef operations and visit with successful producers and researchers. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers said the Aug. 26-29 trip will provide a wide variety of information, experiences and discussion opportunities to tour attendees.

The trip begins with the bus departure from Chariton at 8 a.m. on Aug. 26 and return to the same location by 7 p.m. on Aug. 29. Tentative stops include Kennedy Cattle Company, the ISU Armstrong Research Center, Jindra Angus, Wulf Cattle Company, Rolling Stone Feedyard, ranch stops planned by the Sandhills Cattle Association, and other ranches and feed yards in western Iowa and Nebraska. Tour sponsors include Midwest Heritage Bank, Zoetis Animal Health, and the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State.

Sellers said a full itinerary is under development, but overnight stays will be at O’Neill, Valentine and Kearney, Nebraska. See a program flyer with current information.

“Participants are responsible for their own room reservations, a registration fee of $150 fee payable to Lucas County Extension, and some meals during the trip,” Sellers said. “Preregistration for the bus must be made by July 27 to assure access a seat.”

A block of rooms is being held under “Iowa Beef Tour/Iowa State University” at the following Nebraska motels until July 26. Rates listed are for 2 queen or 1 king standard rooms, not including tax.

  • O’Neill -- Holiday Inn Express, $120; phone 402-336-4500
  • Valentine -- Econo Lodge Inn, $89.99; phone 402-376-3131
  • Kearney -- Fairfield Inn, $114.95; phone 308-236-4200

To register for the bus send a check for $150 per person to Lucas County Extension, 48293 Hy Vee Rd, Chariton, Iowa 50049. For more information on the trip or transportation, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or email at sellers@iastate.edu