Challenges related to drought, lack of available pasture to buy or rent, high feed costs, and market ups and downs seem to be becoming more common and have added significant risk to beef production. Managing that risk is increasingly important.

Beef producers will get the latest market outlook, recommendations regarding cow herd expansion, and strategies for managing risk at an upcoming meeting offered by University of Missouri Extension at 7 p.m. July 9 at the Platte County Resource Center auditorium, 11724 N.W. Plaza Circle, Kansas City.

Scott Brown, livestock economist with University of Missouri, will discuss if now is the time to expand your cattle herd. Also, Ryan Milhollin, MU ag economist, will talk about mitigating risk with livestock and forage insurance.

The cost to attend is $15 per person, and registration is due by July 8. To register, call 816-270-2141 or email