Illinois Livestock Symposium helps livestock producers focus on critical issues

The Illinois Soybean Association recently hosted the Illinois Livestock Symposium in Springfield, Ill., to generate dialogue about important issues the state's livestock producers face every day within their operation.

The Illinois Soybean Association recently hosted the Illinois Livestock Symposium in Springfield, Ill., to generate dialogue about important issues the state's livestock producers face every day within their operation.

"It is important that we work together to support the livestock industry in Illinois. This event provided a great opportunity to collaborate and share information with each other," says Matt Henry, business development manager for The Maschhoffs, Carlyle, Ill.

The half-day, free event provided practical information on critical livestock industry topics, including responding to crises, employment best practices, meeting regulations and managing on-farm challenges. Featured speakers included Joe Miller from Rose Acres Farms, Brad Beaver from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, and Jake Nims from Frank & West Environmental Engineers.

During a panel discussion, participants talked about how to work through local pushback on livestock farms and the importance of gaining support from local government. Illinois Ag Director Robert Flider provided an update on happenings at the Illinois Department of Agriculture and discussed the importance of animal agriculture in Illinois. The symposium wrapped up with breakout sessions focused on business planning and risk management, keeping animals healthy and neighbors happy, and maximizing feed while minimizing costs.

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