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Iowa Beef Industry Council Invests in Research Proposals

Chris Freland | April 23, 2018


Chris Freland, Executive Director, Iowa Beef Industry Council, 515-296-2305; 

Dean Black, Treasurer, Iowa Beef Industry Council, 515-463-2224,

Eight beef research projects approved through the Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program

The IBIC Board of Directors approved eight beef research proposals to be funded by the $0.50 per head Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program.

AMES, IOWA – Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) Board of Directors approved eight beef research proposals to be funded by the $0.50 per head Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program. In the first call for proposals, thirteen research proposals were received from multiple state universities. Eight research projects gained board approval for a total investment of $342,332 to be expensed over two fiscal years. The goal is to work forward on key industry topics by investing in research that provides the opportunity to advance the industry.

“The research committee and Board of Directors have worked hard to review and approve several production research proposals across four Midwest universities,” commented Dean Black, Treasurer of the IBIC and Chair of IBIC’s Research Committee. He adds, “The state checkoff funds allow us to invest in research that helps producers improve practices and potentially assess important issues facing our industry.

”The approved research projects are beef production focused within the identified priority areas. The priority areas identified and evaluated include: cattle production systems beneficial to Iowa’s beef producers; on farm practices and herd health; and marketing trends. Proposals ranged in scope from grazing cover crops to advanced software programs to identify herd health. All research will be published and peer reviewed with contracts outlining the scope of work.

“The IBIC Board of Directors is excited to support areas in beef research that have been needed but lacked funding in the past several years. Producers have asked for part of their State checkoff dollars be directed towards research, this is a good start in fulfilling that, “states Black.

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About the Iowa Beef Industry Council:  The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head National Beef Checkoff Program and the $0.50-per-head Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program. Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.  For more information, visit