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NC Iowa Youth Beef Conference set Jan. 23

By Staff | Jan 18, 2016

IOWA FALLS – An educational program for North Central Iowa youths who want to learn more about beef production will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Ellsworth Community College Agriculture and Renewable Energy Center, south of Iowa Falls along U.S. Highway 65 at 705 Ellsworth Ave.

A variety of interactive workshops and sessions are being planned for fourth-graders through high school seniors who register for this event.

Youth will learn how science, technology, engineering and math are involved with beef production.

Zach Vosburg, a veterinarian from the Hampton Vet Center, will show participants how the science of anatomy is used in veterinarian work.

Kevin Butt, an ECC instructor, will demonstrate some of the latest ag technology, using drones. Youths will learn how understanding cattle behavior helps engineers design feedlots and cattle handling facilities.

Amy Powell, an ISU 4-H livestock specialist, will show how to use math in formulating feed rations.

4-H youths who attend will be able to get their Food Safety Quality Assurance certification for the current year.

FSQA certification is a requirement for 4-H members that wish to exhibit livestock at county and regional fairs, plus the Iowa State Fair.

The cost for attending is $5 and a noon lunch will be provided. Parents are welcome to stay.

Preregisteration is requested by today at the Hardin County Extension office.

Registration forms are available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/hardin/4h in the January 4-H newsletter.

For more information contact the Jackie Dohlman, event coordinator, at the Franklin County Extension office at (641) 456-4811.

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