Rex Hoppes has been named Executive Director of the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC). A livestock farmer near Van Meter, Iowa, Hoppes has a successful background working for Iowa agricultural organizations, including the Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, and the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers. In addition, he has significant experience in beef cow/calf and swine farrow-to-finish production systems.
“We’re thrilled to get someone with Rex’s experience and talent to lead the staff at IBIC,” says Janine Moore, a beef producer from What Cheer, Iowa, and IBIC chair. “Our team of volunteer leaders and professional staff at IBIC work with purpose and passion to support the beef industry in Iowa, which is more than 25,000 operations strong and contributes over $6 billion in economic activity to the state. With Rex at the helm we will continue our mission to not only produce the country’s finest beef but do it as stewards of a vibrant, sustainable environment.”
Hoppes says he is honored to take on this opportunity to build on IBIC’s tremendous momentum. “Producing quality beef and building consumer trust is everyone's responsibility. At IBIC we have strong partnerships with a wide range of groups that have an impact on the success of our industry, including consumers, educators, health and nutrition professionals, purveyors, retailers and academia,” he says. “We will continue to build those relationships to benefit those who enjoy and those who raise beef.”
Growing up on a livestock and grain farm in Ohio, Hoppes earned a degree in agriculture from Black Hawk East College and one in animal science from Iowa State University. He is a partner in Advanced Beef Genetics, LLC in Van Meter and Wiota, Iowa. Hoppes and his wife Joyce have two grown sons.
Rex Hoppes can be reached at IBIC or via email at [email protected].
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. 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 www.iabeef.org.