Iowa Farm Bureau will hold three local informational sessions in June designed to sustain and grow livestock operations by providing pertinent information, including strategies and resources for starting or growing a livestock operation. The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is a co-sponsor of the events.

The “Growing Iowa’s Livestock: What Farmers Need to Know” sessions kick off in Cherokee on June 22, move to Calmar on June 23 and conclude on June 24 in Anamosa. Each of the sessions will start with registration at 9:30 a.m. and will adjourn by 2:00 p.m. 

Speakers for the livestock meetings include: Steve Meyer of Paragon Economics, who will discuss the livestock market outlook; Tim Meyer of Producers Credit Corporation, who will cover risk management; and Moe Russell of Russell Consulting Group, who will discuss livestock returns and management strategies. 

In addition, Brian Waddingham, executive director of CSIF, will explore the issues surrounding starting or growing a livestock farm. Iowa State University Extension specialists will also attend to help answer detailed questions and provide additional information.

“Whether you are a beginning farmer with interest in livestock, a crop farmer looking at incorporating livestock into your current operation, or an experienced livestock farmer interested in growing your operation, a great deal of important information will be shared, and attendees will have the opportunity to have their individual questions answered by industry experts,” said IFBF commodity services manager Ed Kordick. In addition to the speakers, ISU Extension Field Specialists will be at each location to answer specific questions and provide information for livestock farmers.

Registration for the Farm Bureau livestock information sessions is $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Lunch will be provided. For specific locations, meeting agenda and to register, go to and click the banner on the homepage. 

For more information, contact Ed Kordick at 515-225-5433 or