In light of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) taking effect Sept. 30, 2008, Iowa State livestock experts are coming together to help producers understand how they will be affected.
Iowa Beef Center (IBC) Director John Lawrence, along with several other Iowa State livestock experts, will be speaking at a COOL webcast held Aug. 25, 2008, at 7 p.m. Host sites will be available so individuals can attend a nearby location to watch the speakers broadcast throughout the state.
Buena Vista County Extension Office, 824 Flindt Drive, Storm Lake, will act as one of the host sites for the Iowa State COOL webcast. If interested in attending the webcast at this host location, please contact Rhonda K. Christensen, County Extension Education Director, at 732-5056 to pre-register for the webcast meeting. For an up-to-date list of all host sites, visit the IBC Web site (www.iowabeefcenter.org).
Along with hearing details about COOL's impact on beef producers from Lawrence, and its impact on pork producers from Iowa Pork Industry Center Director John Mabry, attendees will also hear updates on cattle, hog and corn market outlook. To learn more about the COOL webcast, including information about your local host site, contact the ISU Extension office in Buena Vista County at 732-5056 or Taylor Gerling, IBC communications specialist, at 515-708-4133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details are also available on the IBC Web site, along with the IBC COOL resource section at www.iowabeefcenter.org/content/COOL.htm.