Programs & Events

The Illinois Beef Association helps facilitate programs and events that serve our members and promote the viability of the beef industry in Illinois or build demand for beef through education, communication and marketing.

Illinois Junior Beef Association

The IJBA strives to provide educational and career opportunities through competition and fellowship in order to develop leadership skills and integrity in young people interested in the Illinois cattle industry.

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young beef leaders

Entering the beef industry in a time of diversity and opportunity is exciting. We need members that can grow and thrive in an ever-changing industry and it’s the mission of Young Beef Leaders to shape our industry’s future leaders.

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Beef Quality Assurance

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers with knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase – and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry.

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illinois Beef expo

The Illinois Beef Expo is an annual event held the last full weekend of February at the Illinois State Fairground in Springfield, Illinois. One of the premier cattle events of the Midwest, the event hosts multiple sales, a junior show for Illinois exhibitors, and a large industry trade show.

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iba summer Conference

Cattlemen are operating at a time where management is crucial in turning risk into potential reward. So, where are the opportunities? What are the issues producers are facing and need to manage? How do producers do that successfully? All of those questions and more will be answered at the IBA Summer Conference through educational sessions, tours, and with a large industry trade show.

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illinois state fair

Whether you're there for showring activities, to volunteer at the IBA Ribeye Corral, or just to take in the sights - the Illinois State Fair has something for everyone.

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