Noted beef experts from Iowa State and Kansas State universities are among the speakers lined up for Feedlot Forum 2016 Jan. 19 in Sioux Center, Iowa.

“The 2016 forum features a few of the latest pressures feedlot producers are facing, Beth Doran, beef program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said in an Iowa Beef Center news release. “Defending agriculture, sustainability, competitiveness, drug usage and profitability are real issues challenging today’s beef producers.”

The forum will take place 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. In addition to the educational sessions, the program will feature more than 20 trade show exhibitors.

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Gary Sides, technical services nutritionist for Zoetis, who will discuss "Modern Ag in a Facebook Culture."
  • Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, executive director of global sustainability for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, who will ask, "Is Beef Production Sustainable?"
  • Lee Schulz, extension livestock market economist with Iowa State University, will provide an assessment of the Iowa feedlot industry’s status.
  • Dr. Mike Apley, with production medicine/clinical pharmacology at Kansas State University, will talk about implementing the veterinary feed directive.
  • Carl Babler, senior hedge specialist with Atten Babler Commodities, will present, "Feeding Cattle in a Global Market: Situation and Outlook."
  • Steve Rehder and Kent Pruismann, board members with the Iowa Beef Industry Council, will discuss why the Beef Checkoff is needed.
  • Craig Moss, District 1 director of Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, will provide a district update.

Registration is $25 per person with student registration $10 per person. Registrations are due Jan. 12 to the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Sioux County. For more information, contact Doran at (712) 737-4230 or email

The program flier is available here on the Iowa Beef Center website.