Tuesday. June 11, 2019  |  Elanco, Clinton, IN; Tuscan Hills Winery, Effingham, IL  

Optional Tour- RSVP to the IBA Office- 217-787-4280 (no transportation provided)

12:30 p.m. (Indiana Eastern Time) Lunch at the Beef House- 11:30a.m. (Central Time)

16501 IN-63, Covington, IN 47932 

Provided by Elanco

2:00 p.m. (Indiana Eastern Time) Tour at Elanco- 1:00p.m. (Central Time) 

Here is your chance to see how a very popular product, Rumensin, is made. Experience the process from start to finish at Elanco's Laboratories in Clinton, IN. No shorts or open toed shoes for the tour. 

Elanco Clinton Laboratories South St. Rd. 63 Clinton, IN 47842- 765-832-4473

6:00 p.m. Presidential Reception Dinner- Tuscan Hills Winery Effingham, IL 

Come out and celebrate our IBA President Joni Bucher for her time served as the IBA Board as president for the past two years. We will also be celebrating all of our past presidents. 

Tuscan Hills Winery, 2200 Historic Hills Drive, Effingham, IL 62401; Transportation is provided to and from the Winery. Shuttles will be running back and forth from the Thelma Keller Convention Center. 


Wednesday, June 12, 2019  |  Thelma Keller Convention Center  |  Effingham

8:30 a.m. -  Registration

9:30 a.m. - Political Climate Change and the Beef Business

Jennifer Houston, 2019 NCBA President   

Never has the political and social climate in the United States been so daunting to cattle producers. Deepen your understanding of the policy issues being discussed in Washington, D.C., that will directly impact your livelihood. Learn more about policies, players, and process and their potential impacts on the beef business.

10:30 a.m. - Opportunities for Illinois Agricutlure and the Livestock Industry 

Panel Discussion: John Sullivan, Director of Illinois Department of Agriculture; Mitch Schaben and Rich Clemmons, IL Beef Lobbyists

A new administration is shaping the political climate in Springfield and big ticket issues were the talk of the town during the 101st General Assembly’s spring session. Learn more about the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s priorities and get a deep dive into policies discussed in Springfield from IBA’s contract lobbyists that represent IBA members in Springfield every day.

11:30-12:00 a.m. - District 2, 6 & 7 Caucus Meeting 

12:15 p.m. – Lunch & IBA Annual Meeting

2:00 p.m. – Cattlemen’s College Innovation Workshops

·         Meeting Consumer Demands related to Sustainability

Shawn Darcy, Director of Market Research at NCBA

Learn about customer expectations related to sustainability from beef retail and food service partners and why it is important to the beef value chain and your individual business. The panel will discuss successes, challenges and opportunities related to beef sustainability and answer your individual questions.

·         Expanding your Operation

Panel Discussion: Tim Maiers, Rick Dean, and Dave Lidy; Nic Anderson, Moderator

Access to resources like feed and transportation makes Illinois a great place to raise cattle and livestock operations are growing. However, the most difficult part when considering expansion in the beef cattle sector can often be figuring out where to start. A panel of cattlemen will discuss reasons for expansion on their farm, the steps they took to accomplish their goals, and what they learned that they wish they'd known when starting the process.  

3:00 p.m. – Cattlemen’s College Innovation Workshops

·         Traceability, Blockchain and Technology on the Farm 

Dr. Isaac Olvera, Commodities & Data Analyst

As technologies continue to evolve, consumers are demanding more from their food than ever before. With the click of a button or the swipe of a finger, new age consumers want to know the who, what, where and how their food was raised. Trust, transparency, and food safety are becoming more than just buzzwords, and technology is reshaping beef production, from ranch to rail.

·         Cutting Demo: Fresh and Further Processing 

Brandon Klehm, Meat Science Instructor & Meat Judging Coach at U of I 

Thinking outside the box is the approach meat scientists and meat processors are taking in their efforts to revolutionize the future of beef restaurant and retail cuts. Lean the latest in the end-product realm during this “hands on” carcass demonstration, and gain insight into how local processors merchandise the meat case and move more than just steaks and ground beef.

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Party

6:00 p.m. – Awards Dinner

We will celebrate another successful year for the beef industry in Illinois during the Awards Dinner. Attendees help recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of IBA’s Farm Family, Seedstock Breeder, Commercial Producer, and Outstanding Junior of the Year while enjoying a delicious prime rib dinner.

8:00 p.m. – Social  


Thursday, June 13, 2019  |  Tours  |  Effingham-Area

8:00 a.m.- Depart from Thelma Keller Convention Center

8:30 a.m.- South Central FS Feed Mill- Watson, IL 

South Central FS opened the doors early last spring to the new, state-of-the-art feed mill near Watson, just south of Effingham. The new multispecies mill features a 4-ton mixer, with the ability to mix 60 tons of feed per hour, two roller mills to process corn, the ability to pellet feed and a 100,000-bushel grain bin. This mill focuses on serving the needs of independent livestock producers. It was constructed to meet Food Safety Modernization Act regulations and allows for more ingredient options to benefit farmer-customers.   

10:00 a.m.-Diamond A Farms- Altamont, IL 

Diamond A Farms is a Purebred Simmental Cattle and Grain Farming operation located 5.5 miles southeast of Altamont. The Diamond A Farms partnership formed in the early 1990s by Wendell, Lloyd and their father, Victor. Today, the partnership includes their sons, Tyler and Justin and his family. The Alwardt’s have been raising crops and livestock for more than 100 years.  

11:00 a.m. - Lunch @ Diamond A Farms 

12:45 p.m. - Larry and Blake Durbin- Shelbyville, IL 

 Larry Durbin and his son Blake Durbin work together on their grain and beef operation located in Shelbyville, IL. In 2013, the Durbin’s decided to expand their operation. They decided on a monoslope building design to keep cattle comfortable under a roof and increase feed efficiency. Since building, Larry agrees that raising cattle is a lot easier for them and more comfortable for the cattle.

SC Educational Session