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.

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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Team Beef

Team BEEF Illinois is a community of athletes who recognize the nutritional benefits of beef and the vital role high-quality protein plays in their training. As each team member strives to reach his or her athletic and nutritional goals, the Illinois Beef Association is here to cheer for them and support their progress

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Illinois Beef Leadership Academy

IBLA was designed to foster the growth and development of young cattle men and women, with hopes that they obtain leadership roles within their communities and the cattle industry. We need members that can grow and thrive in an ever-changing industry and it’s the mission of the IBLA to shape our industry’s future leaders.

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Beef Expo

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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

Effective October 1, 2022 

Summer Conference is to be converted into a regional meeting model that will bring resources closer to our member's farms. Please see the 'Cattlemen Connect Education Series' page for more information! 

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Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management Planning Workshops

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Cattlemen Connect Education Series 

Cattlemen are operating at a time when 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? These topics will be discussed in a regional meeting model where producers will have the opportunity to learn from industry speakers, hear from industry sponsors, and more. Meetings are to be held in Northern, Central, and Southern Illinois. 

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