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K·Coe Isom, Kansas State University's Beef Cattle Institute launch strategic partnership to support US beef industry

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 

MANHATTAN — K·Coe Isom and the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University will work together and with the beef industry to provide educational and communication resources on sustainability topics under an agreement unveiled Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the university.

The partnership focuses on two key areas:

• Online sustainability education and training. This project will add beef sustainability training for producers as an option they can access on the Beef Cattle Institute's existing Beef Quality Assurance platform so they may learn from the latest research on animal care, environmental, economic and community-worker engagement issues and decide if some of these practices are a good fit to add to their operation.

• Hosting a beef sustainability knowledge summit. This summit will provide a vehicle for bringing multiple stakeholders together to share the latest academic research, market trends, consumer communication ideas and best practices on the key categories of animal care, economic, environmental and worker-community engagement issues related to the beef industry. The purpose of the summit will be to further education, communication and dialogue across the entire value chain.

"In the coming decade, the food and agriculture industry will be facing significant challenges: shifting consumer preferences, natural resource scarcities, increasing demand for protein in emerging economies and more extreme weather events. All of this adds up to an unprecedented level of market risk," said Sara Harper, director of sustainability and supply-chain solutions at K·Coe Isom.

"Together with K-State, we're creating new opportunities for beef producers to add to their knowledge on topics that we believe could significantly help them manage against these future risks," Harper said. "We are excited to work with K-State and we hope others in the industry will join our efforts to bring good information to the public and to producers who may not always have the tools they need to communicate how they are improving on sustainability issues."

"K·Coe Isom's roots originated in rural communities throughout Kansas, and over the past 85 years, we've worked with operators that impact one out of every five head raised in America," said Jeff Wald, CEO of K·Coe Isom. "We are truly excited in launching this strategic initiative with the Beef Cattle Institute. As certified accountants and business consultants, K·Coe Isom brings years of expertise on financial and tax management, beef feedlot financial benchmarking, feed yard auditing and supply-chain sustainability solutions. Our firm has a history of being trusted financial and business advisors for our clients, and shepherding their confidential data continues to be a vital function of our role in serving them well."

Founded in August 2007, Kansas State University's Beef Cattle Institute creates a collaborative environment to provide beef producers with the most current education, research and outreach available.

"Through this partnership, we will focus on bringing world-class sustainable beef and management education and training programs for producers and food companies," said Daniel Thomson, institute director. "Nobody cares more about sustainability in the beef industry than beef producers. Beef consumers need a clear, unbiased source of information about beef sustainability. As servant leaders to the beef industry, we at Kansas State University are obligated by the land-grant mission to provide resources for ranchers, feedlot operators, packers, retailers, and others directly involved in producing safe, wholesome, responsible beef globally while providing beef consumers with the facts."

For more information on the agreement, contact, Harper at sharper@kcoe.com or 703-209-9484.

K·Coe Isom leads, nationally, as consultants and CPAs in the food and agriculture industry that comprises two-thirds of the firm's business. K·Coe Isom was formed in January 2015 with the merger of two powerhouse firms in the food and agriculture industry: Kennedy and Coe and Matson and Isom. Every day, K·Coe Isom makes farm operations stronger and preserves families' assets for future generations. The firm is solidly embedded throughout the food-supply chain — from policy to plate — working with producers, input suppliers, processors, packagers, distributors, biofuel manufacturers, equipment dealerships, landowners, lenders, and many agencies and policy organizations that support the industry. K·Coe Isom serves domestic and international clientele from 17 coast-to-coast offices. The firm also has Midwestern and Northern California regional strengths in community banking, construction, education, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology. For more information, visit kcoe.com.

The mission of the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute is to serve the beef industry and beef consumers through critical evaluation, open discussion, education and on-farm implementation of every day beef production management and cattle health. The Beef Cattle Institute faculty, staff and students work diligently to conduct timely, relevant research, education and outreach to advance cattle health and well-being, cattle production management, industry economic sustainability, environmental responsibility and safe, wholesome beef. For more information, visit beefcattleinstitute.org.


Sara Harper

Dan Thomson


beefcattleinstitute.org/ and kcoe.com

At a glance

Key areas of a partnership announced Sept. 22 by K·Coe Isom and the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University to provide educational and communication resources on sustainability topics in the beef industry are online sustainability education and training, and hosting a beef sustainability knowledge summit.